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Why I’ll Never Look at Logan’s Run the Same Way Again

This detail might ruin the movie for you. Don't blame me.

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Ed Driscoll

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November 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm
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And neither will you.

The other night I fast-forwarded through Logan’s Run on Amazon Prime. I’ve always enjoyed the film’s futuristic production design, not to mention sexy Jenny Agutter in her skimpy costumes, or the lack thereof. The film now has the added bonus of looking charmingly mid-‘70s retro, or “Zeerust,” at the folks at TV Tropes.org call this phenomenon. (They also have a page specifically devoted to Logan’s Run itself.)

But when watching most recently, I noticed a detail in the scene in which Agutter’s character makes her debut, the ramifications of which I had never paid attention to before:

First the guy whom Logan rejects, and then Agutter’s Jessica 6 character beam into Logan’s apartment. Which means that the domed city has a teleportation system, ala Star Trek’s transporter device. And presumably, it’s built into everyone’s apartment inside the film’s domed city. And given what it’s being used for (so that before calling it a night, Logan can unholster his blaster, IYKWIMAITYD), it’s so safe, readily accessible and easy to use, it’s the equivalent of today’s hot chat party lines, which are advertised on late-night TV reruns.

So if all of that is true, why on earth do they need the little domed two-person cars that shoot between the buildings through Plexiglas tubes, sort of like the monorail going through the Disneyworld hotel crossed with a bank’s pneumatic drive-through cylinder?

They. Have. Perfected. Teleportation.

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If I remember the movie correctly, this was a society in stasis. That they weren't developing, inventing, progressing. The lived and partied, the died at 30 (21 in the book). They don't know how anything works, just that it does. All they know about renewal is that is, that's what you do. The transporters are there for the circuit, and that's what it's for, no further thought involved. The point of the movie was that they had to break out of the nanny city to begin to grow again.
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Obviously it's a cutting edge brand new technology, and is therefore used primarily for sex.

Or else is a government designed system, and therefore, the people who are the most familiar with how government operates- sandmen- do not trust it.
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Ed, why do people walk, when they can ride a bike?
Why do they ride a bike, when they can drive a car?
Why do they drive a car, when they can take a bus?
Why do they take a bus, when they can take a train?
Why do they take a train, when they can take a plane?
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Why do they take a tube car, when they can teleport?

Because they can.
1 year ago
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“Zeerust” -- interesting. For years I and others have referred to it as "Futro."
Future + Retro = Futro
1 year ago
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The computers on Star Trek MkI or Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea were very zeerust or futro...
1 year ago
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In my experience, over thinking an otherwise fun movie tends to ruin it. Take it for what it is, roughly two hours of mindless entertainment.

The one time I saw it (on the big screen at Anderson AFB, Guam) I really enjoyed it . . .even with the silly "flaws" in logic. Hadn't even thought about it in years until someone mentioned it on a obamacare discussion.
1 year ago
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maybe -unspoken - there are regulations regarding how many times one is able to teleport themselves.

you know for safety's sake; (thinking of the little TV watching psychopath in Willy Wonka's Teleporter)
1 year ago
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The "tube transport" system is the future's equivalent of "light rail." The tube system is the boondoggle .gov project of the future, ie, outdated and inefficient.
1 year ago
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Thought the ankh was the key.
1 year ago
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That whole transporter thing has been grossly under-appreciated.

What better way to fillet a chicken or fish than to set your transporter on "bone" and beam it out of there ?
1 year ago
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Brings to mind one of my favorite quibbles with the Star Trek Universe.
If you have a 'Perfected' Transporter, why do you need a Dr.?
The Transporter scans and takes you down to the atomic level and then reassembles you. Minus any disease or injury. So why a Dr.
1 year ago
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You had me at Jenny Agutter.
1 year ago
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Who does not look like she's between 35 and 40 in the movie...
Amazing how an actress with such a marvelous upper class accent and some real chops also shows up naked sometimes. Loved her in ... well, anything, but I was thinking of American Werewolf in London. Nurse, I think I have a fever.
1 year ago
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JA was born in 52. That means she was 23 when Logan's Run was shot and 28 while filming American Werewolf.

1 year ago
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My fever is worse.
1 year ago
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You ought to see her in Walkabout.
1 year ago
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That's how I caught jennyitis to start with.
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