I recently rediscovered E2 on dvd and realized that even though it hardly made a splash back when it was on in 1994, it's a show that would be more resonant if it were on today considering the latest trends toward creating a more green environment. Why? Well, if you've read earlier reviews, by now you know what it's about: not too far into the future, the Earth is all but extinct and humans live on space stations orbiting above Earth. A lack of an actual earthlike atmosphere leads a mother and her dying son to search for an alternate earthlike planet 22 light years away. Of course their plan to colonize the new planet goes disastrously wrong when their ship crashes and strands them and their eclectic crew thousands of miles away from their intended destination and they must make their way across an strange planet full of obstacles. This show had a ton of potential. When it hit its notes right, it was like the classic Twilight Zone: a good dollop of science fiction, action, a bit of humor, some good drama and/or romance all packaged together with some insight into the human condition ("The Enemy Within", "Redemption", "Better Living Through Morganite part 2"). It tackled many environmental issues effectively but still entertainingly, such as conservation of natural resources and the question of superiority of humans over animals and alien life ("Water", "Survival of the Fittest"). But of course it's not perfect. Some of the episodes are brilliant, others are schmaltzy or pale imitations of cheesy horror and scifi movies ("After the Thaw", "The Greatest Love Story Never Told"). Notable actors include Jessica Steen as Dr. Julia Heller, career villain actor Clancy Brown (playing the good guy for once) as John Danziger, and my favorite, the funny and talented John Gegenhuber playing the whiny but occasionally sweet Morgan Martin. But I don't think there is a weak link in any of the cast (even the child actors were good). All in all, I was and am still sad that it left off on a cliffhanger that was never resolved because it was cancelled after season 1. I'll keep futilely hoping for a reunion movie to come out one day and just enjoy the dvds in the meantime.
When this show first came out, my family and i would sit down and watch it every friday, while eating some pizza, we could hardly wait to see the next episode. When the show was canceled we were devestated. About 2 months ago i was playing around on OVERSTOCK and found out they were selling the Earth 2 series and i just about went ballistic. This is my favorite show on earth and i want to share it with everyone. definatly worth it!