Logan's Run: Is the Domed City actually "Sanctuary"

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  1. Ian Keldon

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    Then what motivated the "First Runner", Greg? Where was he/she running TO?

    The idea of Sanctuary as a delusion on the part of the Runners and/or the Computer makes no sense.
     
  2. CorporalCaptain

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    One qualification to that.

    The runners' ankh is the key which unlocks the door that leads out of the city and into the service area which is eventually blocked by Box's cave.

    So, the ankh part was real.

    IIRC (and it's been decades since I've seen the film), it's completely unexplained in the film, if not virtually a major plot hole, why the city computer either doesn't know that the ankh is an actual key that will open a service doorway to exit the city, or doesn't see a relevant connection there. Assuming that the computer actually knew, I suppose one could argue that the computer calculated that withholding that information from Logan was essential to getting the runners to believe he was really trying to run.
     
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  3. Starkers

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    Yeah it's a neat idea. The 1999 ITV series The Last Train did something similar-ish with it's reveal that
    the people they'd been running from were the people they were actually looking for.
     
  4. Sindatur

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    Why does it make no sense?

    Some guy decides he doesn't want to give himself to Carousel, so he tells a friend he's going to escape.

    Guy attempts to escape, and since he's gone, the friend assumes he escaped (Not knowing he was caught and frozen).

    Friend tells some people, who tell some peope and a myth is born, which grows with every retelling (Ever try an experiment about how different a story is from when you tell it to someone, and it goes around the room, until it comes back to, wildly exaggerated?)

    Computer, not being able to think but only follow it's logical programming, now knows there is this legend, logic says it must be true if so many people believe.

    Computer is now perpetuating the myth, by freezing the folks trying to escape, because the populace believes those escapees have actually escaped.
     
  5. Galileo7

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    Agree.:techman:
     
  6. Greg Cox

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    Exactly, although I think you mean Box, not Computer, is perpetuating the myth.

    The world is full of myths and legends that grow over time, look at Atlantis or El Dorado or the Fountain of Youth. Heck, look at all the crazy theories about Roswell or Area 51 or alien abductions and the Loch Ness Monster. Never underestimate the human capacity for delusion--especially when the alternative is accepting that there is no escape from Carousel. The Runners believe in Sanctuary because they desperately want to believe it.

    And that's certainly the twist in the movie, whether you think it makes sense or not.
     
  7. Sindatur

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    Oh, OK yea, Box :alienblush: I've never actually read the book, so, I was just relating what I had gathered from the posts

    In the TV Series, it seems Sanctuary was the idea that such a place exists, and with such a strong belief and desire for it to exist, it would eventually be created
     
  8. Greg Cox

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    [/QUOTE]Oh, OK yea, Box :alienblush: I've never actually read the book, so, I was just relating what I had gathered from the posts[/QUOTE]

    Actually, I was talking about the movie. I don't remember the book that well.

    In the movie, there's the Computer that runs the City and that's (mistakenly) convinced that Sanctuary is a real place.

    And then there's Box, who is the crazy robot who keeps freezing anyone who escapes the City. Nobody ever really got to Sanctuary. Box froze them all.

    The Computer doesn't know about Box. They're not connected.

    As for the ankh, it's been a few years since I last saw the movie, but doesn't it just activate the way out of the City? It's possible that the ankh was simply the key to an emergency escape route installed by the City's original designers, and, over time, fervent Runners convinced themselves that it must lead to some fabled "Sanctuary."

    But just because you find an escape hatch doesn't mean there has to be a safe haven further down the road. Or a Yellow Brick Road.

    Remember, the whole climax of the movie is that the Computer has a nervous breakdown because it can't cope with the fact that there is NO Sanctuary. "Does not compute!"

    If the Computer was right about there being a Sanctuary, it wouldn't blow up at the end!
     
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  9. arch101

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    The computer in the movie thinks there must be a Sanctuary because there's SO MANY unaccounted people. It even makes a point of showing Logan that number. It can't figure out where else they must have gone, so, it assumes they must have made it to Sanctuary. (when, in fact, they were all in Box's Birds-Eye frozen foods dept) I could buy the idea that the Domed City is actually the legendary "sanctuary".
     
  10. Sindatur

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    Hmmm...Klaus, it's been about 24 hours since you asked him, and he's posted replies to several other posts in this thread since then, but nothing on this one. Have we stumbled onto a Top Secret Project he's not allowed to talk about (Neither confirm, nor deny)?

    Greg, when you can talk about it, be sure to keep us up to speed. I hope I haven't gotten you into hot water like Karl Urban got himself into ;)
     
  11. Greg Cox

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    I wish! But, really, there's no need to novelize LOGAN'S RUN since there's a preexisting novel . . . not that this has always stopped Hollywood before.

    (Anyone else remember BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA . . . by Fred Saberhagen? :))

    Me, I would just slap the key art for the new movie on the original novel and hope for the best. Most of the time that sells better than a straight novelization . . . .
     
  12. Klaus

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    If he told us he'd have to send us to Carousel... :D
     
  13. Sindatur

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    Actually, I was more interested in the twist of The Hunger Games and Soylent Green being added into the mix, then just the original storyline

    I do need to rewatch the movie though, I don't remember some of the details mentioned here, I remember the Series (Which I've recently rewatched first time since original airing) much better and it's clouding the memories
     
  14. Klaus

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    I tried to watch the series back when it came out and fled in disgust lol... I use Logan's Run as an example of the typical great book - good movie - awful TV series progression. :D
     
  15. Greg Cox

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    Don't forget the Marvel Comic!

    (Which had nice art by George Perez, as I recall.)
     
  16. Harvey

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    Didn't Harlan Ellison write an episode of the series version? (Also, didn't D.C. Fontana work as story editor or in a similar position?)

    It is 70s TV-sf, but s it really all bad?
     
  17. Sindatur

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    I was born in 1964, so perhaps I have childhood Nostalgia for it, but, I didn't think it was all bad, I watched it, BSG:TOS and Buck Rogers as a kid, and didn't hate any of them on my Adult rewatch 30+ years later about a year back, in fact, I enjoyed most of the experience on some level.

    Never caught The Invaders, Space 1999, nor UFO until much later as a full adult on PBS (Still haven't properly watched Space:1999), and caught early reruns of Irwin Allen Series as a Teen
     
  18. Gary Mitchell

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    Klaus is supposed to be reviewing some episodes of UFO for us, right Klaus? ;)
     
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    I have a question that is a little off topic: What is renewal, and how would they know if someone renewed?

    When the people keep shouting "renew!" at those on Carousel, and later Logan asks his fellow sandman Francis whether he had ever actually seen anyone renew, what were they expecting to see?

    Later as he is dying, Francis sees that Logan's life meter is clear and he says, "You've renewed!" Does this mean he thinks Logan is forever young, or that Logan will be allowed to die of old age?
     
  20. Nerys Myk

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    I assumed it was just a way to keep the population level down.

    Renewal is just a myth like Sanctuary. Only it was put in place by who ever set up the society.