“Pilot.” This story does a solid job of adapting the 1976 film to TV restrictions of the age. The pilot re-introduces the audience to Logan, Jessica, Francis and the City of Domes, while simultaneously adding new ideas to the franchise.
Production values are strong, and more than that, the series shows real promise. There’s a great ironic scene here in which a freezing Logan and Jessica throw piles of American dollars on the fire, unaware of its value. The point is made through imagery. War destroys everything. If the world is destroyed, currency and monetary wealth no longer carry value.
The episode looks hard at Logan and his development as an empathetic person. He learned to question his job, his life, and his society when he first ran. If he were to be robbed of his memory of those selections, would he learn again to question, or would he stagnate, falling back into the role of Sandman?
We learn, in this case, that questioning authority, and his culture, is part of Logan’s gestalt. He chooses to grow, a second time.
We learn that the first runner began his escape only years earlier, thus revealing that “running” is a recent phenomenon in the City of Domes (the hints of a broader change taking place, as people question the order of things). The episode also introduces the idea of Logan and Jessica returning to their home to make meaningful change there. This is a powerful idea. Instead of "running," Logan needs to confront his past.
At a futuristic sleep clinic, Jessica and Logan fall into unending slumber and encounter nightmares that reveal their inner selves. Logan’s dreams are mostly stock footage clips from earlier episodes, but Jessica’s dreams involve the mother she never knew, and a Boogeyman representing Death. The imagery is carefully and symbolically vetted, making the episode a visual treat. This episode really looks great, even in 2017.
An adolescent girl living only with robots, in a hidden bunker, encounters Logan, and falls in love. Because of her inexperience and jealousy, however, she becomes a danger to the runners.
The story ends on a dopey note, with Logan encouraging the adolescent girl to go out and see the post-apocalyptic world, while not actually inviting her to travel with him. This seems awfully dangerous, given the characters he's encountered!
The robot designs in "The Innocent" are also some of the worst in TV history. And yet, the episode boasts some powerful moments, as Jessica is viewed as a “rival” for Logan’s affections.
So…the post-apocalyptic world possesses transporter technology, converting and duplicating matter?
That could come in handy in the re-building or feeding of the planet. Instead, we get a Trek retread.
Although Jessica falls for the delusion hook, line and sinker, Logan questions what he is seeing.
The parts of the episode that work effectively involve the false Sanctuary setting. The parts that don’t succeed involve the aliens and their captives. Aliens don’t really have a place in Logan’s Run, but here they are, anyway.
A hunter and his mate capture Logan and Francis, and the former friends must now work together to survive the hunt. Not offensive so much as it is thoroughly predictable, and unambitious. It's a Most Dangerous Game story that meets a My Enemy/My Ally Story. We've seen it all before, and we've seen it vetted in a more effective way.
When Logan and REM try to stop him, they are dropped into a torture chamber under the hospital.
Here we encounter another poorly-conceived culture, with no grounding in reality, or history. Why is a mental hospital operating out in the middle of nowhere, with a full staff? Where does it get its power from? Where do the doctors train for their vocation?
In this tale, REM -- the android of logic and reason -- concludes that the house is haunted, and is inhabited by ghosts. It's a real low-point for the character's dignity.
Logan and Jessica, meanwhile, don’t bat an eye at the concept of ghosts, despite the fact that they should have no awareness of ghosts at all. There are no dead people in the City of Domes, ater all….everybody renews (one for one).