Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gene Roddenberry's "The Questor Tapes"

Rod Roddenberry continues developing a remake of writer/producer Gene Roddenberry's TV movie "The Questor Tapes", based on the novel by D.C. Fontana, about an android (Robert Foxworth) with incomplete memory tapes, who searches for his creator:

"...'Project Questor' is the brainchild of 'Emil Vaslovik', who develops plans to build a superhuman android with a team of the world's foremost experts. Attempts to decode the programming tape were unsuccessful, with approximately half of the tape erased. 

"The team then decides to substitute their own programming, over the objections of 'Jerry Robinson' (Mike Farrell), the only team member who actually had worked with the mysterious inventor. But he is overruled by the head of the project, 'Geoffrey Darro' (John Vernon). 

"When the android has been finished, the new tape is loaded, with no results. In desperation, Robinson persuades Darro to allow Vaslovik's tape — what remains of it — to be loaded. Again, the team is disappointed, as there is no response. However, once left alone, the android comes to life.

"It adds the various cosmetic touches to a previously featureless outer skin, then leaves the lab to visit Vaslovik's office. There, confronted by the scientist's secretary, he identifies himself: "I am part 'Project Questor'..."

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