Earth 2 - Netflix

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Two hundred years into the future, Devon Adair embarks on a mission to save her son's life and to provide humanity with a second chance. After traveling through space for twenty-two years, Devon and her small Advance team are forced to crash-land onto the far-away planet known as G-889. They are thousands of miles from their destination: New Pacifica, where they're supposed to set up a colony for the 250 families that are following. The survivors start out on a long and perilous journey toward New Pacifica.

Earth 2 - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1994-11-06

Earth 2 - Battlefield Earth (film) - Netflix

Battlefield Earth (also referred to as Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000) is a 2000 American science fiction action film based upon the first half of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 novel of the same name. Directed by Roger Christian and starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker, the film depicts an Earth that has been under the rule of the alien Psychlos for 1,000 years and tells the story of the rebellion that develops when the Psychlos attempt to use the surviving humans as gold miners. Travolta, a long-time Scientologist, had sought for many years to make a film of the novel by Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. He was unable to obtain funding from any major studio due to concerns about the film's script, prospects and connections with Scientology. The project was eventually taken on in 1998 by an independent production company, Franchise Pictures, which specialized in rescuing stars' stalled pet projects. Travolta signed on as a co-producer and contributed millions of dollars of his own money to the production, which commenced in 1999 and was largely funded by German film distribution company Intertainment AG. Franchise was later sued by its investors and was bankrupted in 2004 after it emerged that it had fraudulently overstated the film's budget by $31 million. Battlefield Earth was released on May 12, 2000, and was an immediate critical and commercial failure, frequently described as one of the worst films of all time. Reviewers criticized virtually every aspect of the production including Travolta's acting, overuse of angled shots and slow-motion, poor script, mediocre special effects, several plot holes and narrative inconsistencies, art direction and dialogue. Audiences were reported to have ridiculed early screenings and stayed away from the film after its opening weekend, which led to Battlefield Earth failing to recoup its costs. The film went on to receive a total of eight Golden Raspberry Awards, which until 2012 was the most Razzie Awards given to a single film, additionally winning Worst Picture of the Decade in 2010. It has since become a cult film in the “so bad, it's good” vein. Travolta originally envisioned Battlefield Earth as the first of two films to be adapted from the book, as the screenplay only covered the first half of the novel. However, the film's poor box office performance, as well as the collapse of Franchise Pictures, ended plans for a potential sequel.

Earth 2 - Critical reception - Netflix

Many critics singled out the excessive use of angled camera shots. “[Director] Roger Christian has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras,” wrote Ebert, “but he has not learned why.” Derivative special effects and illogical plotting were also widely criticized. The Providence Journal highlighted the film's unusual color scheme: “Battlefield Earth's primary colors are blue and gray, adding to the misery. Whenever we glimpse sunlight, the screen goes all stale yellow, as though someone had urinated on the print. This, by the way, is not such a bad idea.” J.D. Shapiro, who wrote the original screenplay, was critical of the film as well. In a 2010 letter to The New York Post, he asserted that his draft bore little resemblance to the final script; the result, he said, was embarrassing: “The only time I saw the movie was at the premiere, which was one too many times.” In Better Living Through Bad Movies, Scott Clevenger and Sheri Zollinger wrote, “So what new truths have we gleaned from Battlefield Earth? First, we have learned that spirituality is a fine thing, but it's probably best to avoid joining denominations that make action movies.” Responding to the criticism, one of the film's producers, Elie Samaha, complained: “[The] critics were waiting for us to … chop our heads off. Everybody hated Scientology for some reason. I didn't know people were so prejudiced.” Ebert noted, however, that the film “contains no evidence of Scientology, or any other system of thought.” The reviews were not uniformly negative. Bob Graham of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the film “effectively presented” the “wary, uncomprehending relationship” between the humans and the Psychlos. A review at JoBlo's Movie Reviews was also positive; Berge Garabedian wrote, “Despite starting off like a bad Star Trek episode, this film eventually graduates to a higher level with great special effects, some really slick bad-ass aliens, an intriguing premise, and a good flow of loud, campy fun.” Luke Thompson of New Times LA wrote: “Think Independence Day without the ponderous build-up or self-importance. Imagine how much more enjoyable the other blockbuster-of-the-moment, Gladiator, might have been if Joaquin Phoenix had addressed every one of his rivals as 'Rat brain.'” Sean Axmaker of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote positively of the interaction between Travolta and Whitaker in the film, comparing them to Abbott and Costello. Axmaker wrote that they provide “… much-needed comic relief in an otherwise humorless paean to freedom.” Axmaker also wrote positively of the production design used in the film, commenting that the director had created “a world of crumbling dead cities and empty malls turned into human hunting grounds …” Hap Erstein of The Palm Beach Post commented: “…production designer Patrick Tatopoulos contributes some good work, imagining the ruins of Denver and Washington, D.C., with echoes of Planet of the Apes.” In her book I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook, Carrie Tucker lists Battlefield Earth as a cult classic in the “so bad, it's good” genre. Battlefield Earth frequently appears on worst film lists, and is included on Rotten Tomatoes' “100 Worst of the Worst Movies” list. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 27th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the first decade of the 21st century. The Arizona Republic listed it as the worst film of 2000, and called it a “monumentally bad sci-fi flick.” Richard Roeper placed the film at number five on his list of “40 movies that linger in the back chambers of my memory vault like a plate of cheese left behind a radiator in a fleabag hotel.” In 2001 the film received the “Worst Picture” award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. James Franklin of McClatchy-Tribune News Service put the film as the worst of his “summer blockbuster bombs” list, giving it a rating of four stars for “traumatic” on his scale of how the films “generate a perverse sense of nostalgia.” Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com listed the film's villain Terl at number 8 of his “10 Least Effective Movie Villains”, writing: “we still can't imagine how anyone would go face to face with one of these creatures and react with anything other than simple laughter.” South Park parodied the film at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. The MTV short was the first time South Park had satirized Scientology, in a piece titled “The Gauntlet”. The short was primarily a Gladiator parody, with the characters fighting Russell Crowe in the Roman Colosseum; it included “John Travolta and the Church of Scientology” arriving in a spaceship to defeat Crowe and attempting to recruit the boys into Scientology. Travolta, along with his fellow Scientologists, was depicted as a Psychlo, as he appeared in the film.

Battlefield Earth is often considered one of the worst films ever made. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a “rotten” score of 3% based on 148 reviews with an average rating of 2.3 out of 10. The critical consensus states: “Ugly, campy and poorly acted, Battlefield Earth is a stunningly misguided, aggressively bad sci-fi folly.” On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 9 out of 100, based on 33 critics indicating “Overwhelming dislike.” Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of D+ on an A to F scale. The film was greeted with widespread derision in preview screenings. An audience of Los Angeles entertainment journalists, critics, and others greeted the film with guffaws and hoots at a screening in Century City while other viewers in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore responded with derisive laughter or simply walked out. At a post-launch publicity event, Travolta, on asking assembled journalists if they had enjoyed it, received no reply. He later asserted that other filmmakers had enjoyed the movie: “When I felt better about everything was when George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino, and a lot of people that I felt knew what they were doing, saw it and thought it was a great piece of science fiction.” Christian also spoke of an initially positive reception, mentioning an enthusiastic response from both the audience and Tarantino. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave the film the rating of half a star out of four, and compared his screening to “taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way ... I watched it in mounting gloom, realizing I was witnessing something historic, a film that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies.” Leonard Maltin rated the film a “BOMB” in his book Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, writing: “Clumsy plot, misplaced satire, unbelievable coincidences, and a leaden pace trample Travolta's weird but amusing performance.” David Bleiler gave the film one star out of four in the TLA Video & DVD Guide, writing: “This is disjointed, tedious, and every bit as bad as its reputation.” Jon Stewart mocked the film on his television program The Daily Show, describing it as “a cross between Star Wars and the smell of ass.” Rita Kempley of The Washington Post commented: “A million monkeys with a million crayons would be hard-pressed in a million years to create anything as cretinous as Battlefield Earth. This film version of L. Ron Hubbard's futuristic novel is so breathtakingly awful in concept and execution, it wouldn't tax the smarts of a troglodyte.” Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote: “It may be a bit early to make such judgments, but Battlefield Earth may well turn out to be the worst movie of this century” and called it “Plan 9 from Outer Space for a new generation.” The British film critic Jonathan Ross said: “Everything about Battlefield Earth sucks. Everything. The over-the-top music, the unbelievable sets, the terrible dialogue, the hammy acting, the lousy special effects, the beginning, the middle and especially the end.” The Hollywood Reporter summarized the film as being “a flat-out mess, by golly, with massive narrative sinkholes, leading to moments of outstanding disbelief in the muddled writing and shockingly chaotic mise en scène that's accompanied by ear-pummeling sound and bombastic music.”

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