For those of you who don’t know, Gene Roddenberry made a dazzling amount of failed TV pilots in the 1970’s. Two of them, Genesis II and Planet Earth, were part of the same story. They involved Dylan Hunt, a hibernated NASA scientist, having very Star Trek like adventures in the post-nuclear holocaust 22nd Century. Because of a system of hyperloop style subways Hunt and his team, which included Ted Cassidy as a “White Comanche”, were able to visit the odd societies that had sprung up across the planet after civilization’s fall.
Genesis II and Planet Earth are corny, poorly written, and sexually juvenile, but also insanely fun in that first season TNG kind of Roddenberry-run-amok way. They also perfectly fit, narratively and chronologically, into the Star Trek universe filling in the gaps between the Post-Atomic Horror and TOS. The PAX, Hunt’s exploratory organization, are a perfect proto-UESPA/Federation. They even have their own non-interference directives. That’s why I’ve gleefully decided to make these shows part of the comic’s canon. In fact, the 31st Century Federation outfits in Time’s Refuge are modeled on the PAX uniforms designed by William Ware Theiss.
Dylan Hunt was played by a different actor in Genesis II and Planet Earth – Alex Cord and John Saxon respectively. The name “Dylan Hunt” was also applied to Kevin Sorbo’s lead character in the TV show Andromeda, which I’ve never seen nor have any real intention of seeing, and has nothing to do the two 70’s pilots.
So, who’s you’re favorite Dylan Hunt?