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Logan’s Run (TV series) (1977-78)

In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Logan’s Run is a science fiction television series that first aired in 1977-78. The series is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, and it is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which the remaining population lives in a domed city called “Sanctuary.” The show centers around the character of Logan 5, played by Gregory Harrison, a “Sandman” whose job it is to hunt down and eliminate “runners” who attempt to escape Sanctuary and the mandatory death sentence given to everyone when they reach the age of 30.

One of the most prominent feature of the series is the Lifeclock, a device implanted in the citizens’ hand at birth, it counts down the days to the citizens Renewal, which is the age of 30, at that point the citizens are supposed to participate in a Carousel process to be ‘Renewed’ and live another 30 years. But not everyone does participate, some try to run, and that’s where Logan comes in.

The series explores themes of rebellion and individual freedom, as Logan begins to question the strict rules and regulations of Sanctuary and the Carousel process, which he believes is a form of genocide. Alongside Logan, there are other characters who also start to question their way of living. The audience gets to see how they try to navigate the tight control of the government, as they are torn between doing what they are told and fighting for what they believe in. Logan’s journey will take him to the Outside World, a place that most citizens of Sanctuary never get to see.

One of the highlights of the series is its creative and detailed world-building. The domed city of Sanctuary is depicted as a futuristic utopia, with advanced technology and sleek design, but as the story progresses, the audience discovers that it is far from perfect. The acting is solid, with Harrison delivering a strong performance as Logan. The supporting cast also does a good job of bringing depth to their characters and making the audience care about their stories and their fates.

The series does an effective job of building tension and suspense, as Logan and his companions race against time to uncover the truth about Sanctuary and the Carousel process before it’s too late. The show’s special effects, costumes, and sets are also noteworthy and help to create an immersive experience for the audience.

Overall, the show is a well-crafted science fiction series that offers a thought-provoking look at what happens when an all-powerful government controls every aspect of its citizens’ lives, including their lifespan. It raises important questions about the nature of freedom and individuality, and it is definitely worth a watch for fans of science fiction and dystopian stories.

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Gregory Harrison as Logan 5, Heather Menzies as Jessica 6, and Donald Moffat as Rem
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