In this, the 14th episode of the 6th season, Mr. Nimoy explores the Futurist Lifestyle. Titled “Future Life“, it’s one of the handful of episodes that actually tackles ideas that have a concrete concepts. While I have fond and frightening memories of “In Search Of“, it had very little to do with exploring evidence. It mostly dealt with legend, myth, hearsay, and superstition. All while addressing each as though they could be a reality. As an adult, I look back on these few episodes that stood on firm logic, and reason, with a new appreciation.
This would have been a hell of a continuation. Too bad it wasn’t picked up. I’ve got nothing against the reboot BSG. Heck I even met my wife at a Frack Party. For me, though, it just doesn’t compare with the original. Yes, I realize that the original show was goofy at times, and that’s ok. It still had it where it counted. The Second coming was Richard’s passion project, and I am only glad that he received a part to play in the reboot. So let’s drop the Felgercarb and enjoy what he left us.
Today marks the 5oth year of Star Trek. There may have been gaps, here and there, but Gene Roddenberry’s construct has been constant as the Northern Star. Where will it go from here? Pay-Per-View. We’ll see how well that model does for them. Time will tell. Until then… Peace and Long Life.
Honorable Mention: Zygons
This is a visual top nine list of some of my favorite sci-fi television, recurring, creature races. They may not have been on every week but they were always the threat in the background. I am trying to limit these to characters that were not rendered through stop-motion or computer generation. These are cats in suits, sweating and trying to emote through plastic, foam rubber or heavy make-up. Also, being a child of the 70’s this list will be populated with the earlier versions of these characters even if the modern versions may be technically more visually stunning. Some are written seriously while others are just silly and meant to be.
At first, this list was just an excuse to post about my number one choice. It was going to be all about the monstrous adversaries on the great series from yesteryear, but quickly grew into something else. The list excludes individual characters, even though individual character photos are used in some cases.
I am watching this right now. The beginning is a bit silent, and I am not a fan of the font he uses, but tough it out and be both entertained and educated. Watch as the early days of animation specifically created to be televised unfold before you. I wrote this show off a while ago as just another cartoon mill show, but there is something special about it and I am going to dust off my copies and rewatch them.
We I first saw Jonny Quest, the show had been off the air for some time. I would place it around the late 70’s. It was a staple of Sunday viewing for a long time. Religion never played a big part in my life so Sunday morning cartoons were a must for me. It’s where I was exposed to such shows as George of the Jungle, King Kong, The Banana Splits (which was apparently a favorite of mine before I could speak), along with Jonny Quest.
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This is what Flash Gordon was supposed to be before it was retooled for Saturday mornings in 1979-80. You can see the many parallels that it shares with the classic Sci-Fi Opera of the same time. I like that it is a period piece. Placing it roughly a decade ahead of the original serials of the 1930’s, Nazi Germany is getting assistance from Ming and Flash brings together the many peoples of Mongo to overthrow their oppressor. Take some time and enjoy this feature length jewel of American animation. Leave your thoughts below 🙂
Archie (1964)? This pilot was shopped out, but never sold. I just watched it and it wasn’t too bad. It played like Archie was the “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” (a show from the late 1980’s), sans the Dutch Tilts & breaking the fourth wall, of his time. I liked that show and I have fond memories of watching it, even as a 17 year old (which is when it came out).
Honestly, I can’t remember much of the character. I was into Superheroes, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy in my comics. The characters of Riverdale High limboed far beneath my RADAR. Most of my knowledge of Archie is from the old cartoon, The Archies, and I have forgotten most of that.
I imagine that the show was too similar to The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and since that show came to an end in the previous year there was no point in doing a re-hash or 2.0 version. Sure, they had similarities but they seem to be just different enough to be interesting.
Anyhow, I have no idea why it was passed up. It seems to be just as entertaining as anything else from that era. I found it on YouTube by accident, and I expected to be making smart ass comments though the whole show… I didn’t. I enjoyed it.
Don’t take my word for it… check it out for yourself ^_^
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