Impressions

Over the years of your life, people, places, and things will resonate with you. Will leave an impression on you.

This last week was a hard one in the celebrity world. So many deaths. So many people gone. The one that made the biggest impression on me was John Saxon.

Most people remember him as Nancy’s father in A Nightmare on Elm Street, but Saxon had a long, varied career with movies and television shows for decades. The work of his that made the biggest impression on me was Planet Earth.

Planet Earth was low budget on special effects, but amazing in plot and dialogue. I did not know until I searched for the picture for the movie that it was written by Gene Roddenberry. I should have known with that great plot and dialogue. I haven’t seen it in more years than I care to count, but the movie has stayed with me for decades.

Saxon and a group of men are cryogenically frozen and awake to find themselves in the 22nd century. A world very different from their own and with women as the leaders of a community and men as slaves. Parts of it are funny, like thinking women could make babies without men. Parts of it are serious, of men being slaves and thought of as just brutes for labor and only good for making war. Since a great war must have happened between the time Saxon and men were frozen and they awoke, the women keep their men docile with a drugged wine to be compliant and not aggressive.

Intelligent science fiction that makes you think, my favorite kind.


Do you have a movie that is not necessarily great,

but it made an impression on you?


Jill James, romance writer and lover of science fiction movies

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