An australian sci-fi drama for children made in the early 90's, this show is a nostalgic classic for many (despite the fact it's nigh impossible to get a complete set of episodes). The effects, whilst quite dated nowadays, were very impressive for their time. The acting, whilst failing on the part of many of the younger and inexperienced actors, is often saved by some good performances by the regular cast. The best part of this show for me was always Bruce Spence, who magnificently hammed it up in his role as The Chief, and you could see he was loving every second of it, and made it a joy to watch. The principle of it was that the family, who to be fair were criminals thanks to the father cheating the government lottery 27 times in a row, had to either turn the crook over to be executed by lava, or flee. The family organiser, X, a 12 year old girl, chose to break her vows and lead the family to earth where they attempt, and often fail, to fit in completely. The core of the story comes from the conflict with the society which pursues them. Zyrgon, their home world is a strict police state, which controls the development of it's people quite simply: they indoctrinate the children completely, and then make it law for the family to obey the child as if law.
It's basically the old tale of free will versus conformitism, with free will winning out in the end. If you ignore the many filler episodes, it does have a good solid story and moral, and it's obvious why it really was so popular amoungst kids and families in it's time, and I personally can only hope for a DVD release at some point soon.moreless