Otherworld

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For Irish Mythology, see Other World.

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Plot

Otherworld was a short-lived science fiction TV series that aired in 1985 on CBS. It was created by Roderick Taylor as a sort of Lost in Space on Earth. Taylor gave himself a cameo role in each episode.

In the first episode, the Sterling family take a tour of the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza at the same time as a once-in-ten-thousand-years conjunction of the planets. Inside, they are abandoned by their guide, and as they try to get out, they are mysteriously transported to a parallel universe Earth.

On this Earth (called 'Thel'), there are no familiar countries or states. The area they are in is divided up into self-contained "Zones," each with a wildly different style of government and way of life, although the province of "Imar" (ruled by a Praetor) appears to be the central seat of government for this entire Earth. Travel between Zones is not permitted, and all maps have been banned by the state. The Church of Artificial Intelligence is the official state religion of Thel, and no conflicting ideologies are permitted. Very few actual details about this religion are known, except that it appears to center around the worship of robots, computers and technology (adherents are, in one episode, said to use "Worship Modules" which are electronic in nature).

Each episode had the family dealing with the bizarre ways of life in each "Zone," and at the end of the episode, fleeing one Zone for another, pursued by Commander Nuveen Kroll (Jonathan Banks) and his Zone Troopers.

While most science fiction dealing with alternate universes has a recogizable point of divergence (POD) from Earth history as we know it, Otherworld did not. Aside from everyone conveniently speaking English, there were no references to any known Earth history. However, it was implied that the ancient Egyptians either had the ability to travel between universes, or had contact with a people that did.

Cast

Episodes

  • "Rules of Attraction" (originally aired Jan. 26, 1985)
  • "The Zone Troopers Build Men" (originally aired Feb. 2, 1985)
  • "Paradise Lost" (originally aired Feb. 9, 1985)
  • "Rock and Roll Suicide" (originally aired Feb. 16, 1985)
  • "Village of the Motorpigs" (originally aired Feb. 23, 1985)
  • "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" (originally aired Mar. 2, 1985)
  • "Mansion of the Beast" (originally aired Mar. 9, 1985)
  • "Princess Metra" (originally aired Mar. 16, 1985)

The series was re-shown at least once on the Sci Fi channel.

External links

  • Episode guide (http://www.action-tv.org.uk/guides/otherworld.htm)
  • IMDb entry (http://imdb.com/title/tt0088587/combined)
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