Filmed in and around Albuquerque by Davis Entertainment in association with MTE Inc. Executive producer, Jordan Davis; producer, Harvey Frand; director, Alan Metzger; writer, Dan Gordon; camera, Geoffrey Erb; editor, Stan Salfas; production designer, Philip Foreman; sound, Bayard Carey; music, Blake Leyh. #Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Lisa Bonet, Tobin Bell, Michael Bowen, Janet Hubert-Whitten, M.C. Gainey, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Abraham Verduzco, Fred Maio, Conrad Goode, Clark Sanchez, J. Michael Oliva, Bud Witte, Jerry King, Duke Moosekian, Steven Hartley, David Ode, Boots Sutherland, Heather Hanson, Nicholas Worth, Clif Stokes, Jerry Gardner, Tom Noga, Tom Conner. The Sci-Fi channel's latest made-for is only nominally science fiction, owing more to the "Mad Max" feature series and B caveman flicks than to any high concept. (One expects to see Mel Gibson and Raquel Welch jump out from behind a rock at any point.) Still , "New Eden" has its pleasures and would have had more if Dan Gordon's script weren't so pretentious.

Filmed in and around Albuquerque by Davis Entertainment in association with MTE Inc. Executive producer, Jordan Davis; producer, Harvey Frand; director, Alan Metzger; writer, Dan Gordon; camera, Geoffrey Erb; editor, Stan Salfas; production designer, Philip Foreman; sound, Bayard Carey; music, Blake Leyh. #Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Lisa Bonet, Tobin Bell, Michael Bowen, Janet Hubert-Whitten, M.C. Gainey, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Abraham Verduzco, Fred Maio, Conrad Goode, Clark Sanchez, J. Michael Oliva, Bud Witte, Jerry King, Duke Moosekian, Steven Hartley, David Ode, Boots Sutherland, Heather Hanson, Nicholas Worth, Clif Stokes, Jerry Gardner, Tom Noga, Tom Conner. The Sci-Fi channel’s latest made-for is only nominally science fiction, owing more to the “Mad Max” feature series and B caveman flicks than to any high concept. (One expects to see Mel Gibson and Raquel Welch jump out from behind a rock at any point.) Still , “New Eden” has its pleasures and would have had more if Dan Gordon’s script weren’t so pretentious.

The planet is a wasteland inhabited by Sand Pirates and Scavengers (“Scavs” for short). Kyne joins the Pirates and Addams ends up the property of a Scav, a single mother named Lily (Lisa Bonet). What’s good about the climax is that a female plays the role of savior. Bonet sees lots of action and these sequences are vigorously handled by director Alan Metzger.

The same can’t be said of the script, which offers a caricature of predatoriness vs. pacifism. The dialogue is in conflicting styles — Addams talks like a Biblical hero and Lily is pure Valley Girl.

Baldwin, playing the noble nerd, and Bonet, looking ravishing in the wasteland (she must scavenge for makeup) are one notch above the material.

Kudos to the producers for finding and maximizing the eerie New Mexico location. Some erratic editing mars the pic, especially in the beginning.

New Eden

(Sat. (22), 8-10 p.m., Sci-Fi Channel)

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Two world views are contrasted in two convicts remanded to a penal planet in 2237. Addams (Stephen Baldwin) is an engineer who believes in the rules and order; Kyne (Michael Bowen) thinks might makes right.
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