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 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Some of you might remember this series, which ran back in 1997 or so here in Norway (I presume it was a bit earlier in the US). I quickly became a fan, as I found it to be an original and intriguing concept, some very good stories, fine actors (featuring a semi-benign Clancy Brown for a change) and an engrossing mood. Unfortunately, viewers didn't share my view, so NBC cancelled it all too soon, after just a few episodes and without any kind of resolution (like SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND or CRUSADE).

It told the story about a crew who crashlands on a deserted, "Earth"-like planet and then tries to make a living there (and to find a way home, obviously). But of course, they soon realize that the planet is not totally deserted. Again: really intriguing concept, and executed well, IMO.

The music was by David Bergeaud, perhaps best known for his score to the animated PRINCE VALIANT. I was just relistening to a CD-R of the pilot promo yesterday ("First Contact"), and I must say that it's really impressive. For the most part, it's harshly dissonant and modernistic, with all kinds of percussive effects for the scary "Terrians". But in between, there are some lovely parts, with choir and strings, that are really spellbinding. Then there's also the gorgeous and expansive main theme, which is somewhat reminiscent of Kamen's FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON theme.

Overall, a fine listen, and I wish some more of this music was released, preferably commercially. With the limited success of the series, I'll doubt this will ever happen, though.

So....any other fans of the series and music?


 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

At the beginning of the show, I liked the series (which had also fine actors like Debrah Farentino) but after a few episodes the series began to bore me. The music is great, one of the best TV scores in recent years. It´s sad that Bergeaud didn´t get better assignments after the show´s end.

I wish there is normal release of the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

At the beginning of the show, I liked the series (which had also fine actors like Debrah Farentino) but after a few episodes the series began to bore me.

I can understand that some find it boring. But to me, it was exactly the SLOW PACE of some episodes that it made it so good. That it had the GUTS to be realistic and develop characters and define moods rather than slam me over the head with action-oriented plots all the time.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   George A Flaxman   (Member)

Never got into this myself first time around, but saw some repeated episodes. It seemed enjoyable, and the Theme was good. I never got the chance to acquire the promo (I think only about 200 were made), but there is a site that offers all of the tracks as downloadable zip files. They sound good.

http://www.earth2tv.com/soundtrack.html

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks for the heads-up, George!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2004 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

I have no problem with the slow pace but I´m not a big fan of TV series. I´m the wrong guy for this.

It wasn´t a bad show, though. At least better than many other SF series.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2004 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Yes, I loved the show and Bergeaud's music.

I'd heard there was a promo but have never found it listed anywhere. This is the first time I've seen anyone saying he had a copy.

Hint! Hint!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2004 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

And I seem to have lost a certain someone's e-mail address.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2004 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

xxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxx.xx.xx

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2004 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, thanks, you can delete it now.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2004 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Yes, I loved the show and Bergeaud's music.

I'd heard there was a promo but have never found it listed anywhere. This is the first time I've seen anyone saying he had a copy.

Hint! Hint!


My friend and I found 2 copies of this promo in used bins in LA.

My friend plans on selling off his collection soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Was this show ever released on DVD? Were there ever any other soundtracks released than the promo thing in the first post?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Was this show ever released on DVD? Were there ever any other soundtracks released than the promo thing in the first post?


http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Earth-2-Complete-Series/4801

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I remember Earth 2, though I don't recall the music. Here in the US, it aired from 1994-95. My family and I watched it every week and really enjoyed it. I was also disappointed that it was canceled and left hanging. I've been tempted to pick up the DVD set, but was afraid that I would just be upset all over again watching it end abruptly without a finale.

EDIT: I just found this bit of information about why the show was canceled:

"Earth 2's producers - the people who had brought life to the characters which they themselves created - were fired by Universal in hopes of changing the show to fit what the mass population wanted to see. A promo was created by Universal for a second season, but this was rejected by NBC and the show was cancelled. This promo tape was found and shown at the first Earth 2 convention, New PacifiCon 1996. No one had seen it before, not even the cast members, and after viewing what the second season may have been like, everyone was generally glad the show wasn't renewed. The proposal was not what we would want for a second season. In essence, they dumbed the show down, until it would have been almost unrecognizable as the one we had grown to love."

http://www.mooncross.net/earth2/whathappened.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


I remember this show and someone pointing out that it didn't work because it was not an "office" show. Star Trek is the ultimate sci-fi "office" show -- the Enterprise is the office, and travels to where the story is. Earth 2, the people were wandering around without roots. Sci-fi is apparently really hard without the office. No kidding!

I like Earth II starring Gary Lockwood with music by Lalo Schifrin. Anyone remember that?

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Deepdiscountdvd.com are selling the series for $19.98

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I remember this show and someone pointing out that it didn't work because it was not an "office" show. Star Trek is the ultimate sci-fi "office" show... I like Earth II starring Gary Lockwood with music by Lalo Schifrin. Anyone remember that?

(Slightly off topic but combining what Lukas here said - I've always wanted Disney's answer to Star Trek TNG, which was called Earth Star Voyager. The music was by Lalo Schifrin as well...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFgLL8EN71I

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I like Earth II starring Gary Lockwood with music by Lalo Schifrin. Anyone remember that?

Lukas


Absolutely! It aired on one of our local channels at least once a year when I was a kid, and I never missed it. One of those things my Dad & I always watched together. Haven't seen it in a loooooooooong time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2009 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Lukas, I recall EARTH II quite well, but had forgotten that Gary L.ockwood was in it, remembering it as starring Anthony Franciosa.

I had recorded the main title to my trusty Sony Superscope reel-to-reel recorder back then and was somewhat miffed that the mostly in the clear main title was soiled by Franciosa's line, "Earth II", when the station comes into view.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2009 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I really liked this series as well!
I was well pissed off when it got cancelled mid-season. It was a bit different and felt like it could have gone off in various directions. I had the hots for the actress/character who was a spy in the group who got discovered and abandoned (until the guy who also fancied her came back for her).
The music was very good, Williams-esque in the bits Thor quotes above with the choir and such.
Incidentally, David Bergeaud just released a new CD containing 3 scores by him from some films he worked on over the past 6 years or so. The disc is call Iranian Chronicles and is quite good, if you like scores in a similar vein like Syriana and Michael Clayton.
I bought my copy from arksquare in Japan after amazon.com advised me they couldn't supply a CD version of it, despite listing it on their site. It is availabe as download tracks.

 
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