THE CLONE MASTER (1978)
Article 2946 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-1-2009
Posting Date: 9-7-2009
Directed by Don Medford
Featuring Art Hindle, Robyn Douglass, John Van Dreelen
A master of biochemical engineering is hired by the government to do secret research on cloning. However, when his only government contact suffers injuries that leave him a vegetable, and his assistant is kidnapped, he begins to wonder about the real situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is not being financed by the government. However, the man financing the scientist is unaware of one thing; the scientist was much farther along in his cloning experiments than anyone imagined…
About halfway through this TV-Movie, I began to suspect that we were once again dealing with a potential series pilot, and, by the end of the movie, I was convinced it was so. Still, I have to admit that this one might have made an interesting series; basically, it’s an exponentially multiplied variation on “The Fugitive”, in which one man and his twelve clones (with whom the scientist is telepathically linked) are on the run for their lives, scattered over the globe. Given that the movie established that the clones are not strictly identical and would grow more different with time, I found myself pondering the possible plot lines that could develop. Well, it never became a series, though I think it made a dandy enough thriller, albeit one with a few problems. It does make very good use of its concepts, and works itself up to a clever and satisfying ending. This is one TV-Movie I really enjoyed.