Another Look Back @ Logan’s Run on TV

   Logan leaves the City of Domes with Jessica and they are kidnapped by a pair of robots. An android named Rem rescues them and they flee with Francis in pursuit.

logans-run-annual-1978%00fc   I’ve probably written about this show before, but as I am a creature of habit you’ll see me repeat myself a lot. At times I love to revisit, rewatch shows and movies, replay old games, relisten to old albums,re-read old comics and books. From time to time I love to review these things. This is one of those things. It has that modern 70’s aesthetic that most Sci-Fi did back then that I totally dig.

   Having been a series, they could have fleshed out the story a bit more than the film did. That opportunity was squandered, obviously. After all, it was 70’s television, not known for its deep character/plot development.

   Is it visually stunning? Is it great writing? Is it a groundbreaking show? Nope, nope, and NOPE. What it does have is that feel of its time. That is pure gold to me. I was 7 when this show aired in 1977, but I never got to watch it. Heck, until it was reran on cable in the early 90’s, I had no idea that it even existed. It seemed like something I would have liked as a 7 year old. Even today, it has its charm, which is probably why I am writing about it.

   You can view it on YouTube right now, the first episode is a bargain at $1.99 (USD). Give it a shot, and tell me what you thought about it afterward.

Starting the Year of Correctly

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   My first show of the year is a classic one. It’s Star Trek, Balance of Terror. The Enterprise battles a Romulan ship suspected of destroying outposts near the neutral zone. The featured guest star is the late Mark Lenard. This is an old favorite of mine, and I cannot think of a better way to kick off my 2017 in Sci-Fi style.

   What was your first show of the year?

My Top Nine Favorite Sci-Fi TV Creature Races

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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.

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Animated #SciFi Rewind: Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1979) by Filmation

   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 🙂

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Before Star Wars There Was Flash Gordon

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f01fef56f6cd387ecacacbe232fbaf97   Before we look forward to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we should all look back at Flash Gordon from 1936.

   A long time ago, on a planet of peril, a great adventure took place. Of course I am speaking of FLASH (ah ~ ahhh!) Gordon! For some reason this serial is one of my favorites. There are two others with Buster Crabbe but they are not as entertaining, to me, and so I’ll just write about this one.

This serial, along with the others and Buck Rogers, had a lot of influence on a young George Lucas. If you’ve read any of the original treatments for “The Star Wars” then you Know It To Be True 😉 The episodic nature of the adventure, alone, is a dead giveaway to the relationship to the adventures on the planet Mongo and the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

tumblr_mtjfmc0Lhp1qzr8nao1_500   I know that I am always saying this, but seriously watch this if you  haven’t before. You need to go in with an opened mind and as little cynicism as possible. Have fun with it. It’s like a vintage toy from a bygone era. It is very fragile and won’t hold up to too much scrutiny, but if you take it for what it was, and still is, you will be rewarded with hours of play time fun.

   So if you get a chance to watch all thirteen chapters (see the embedded YouTube video below), leave a comment either here, twitter or facebook. Let me know what you thought of it. If you are a die-hard fan, let me know too. I know that I am not alone in my love of this Saturday matinee serial.

   Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you… always.

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Japanese Sci-Fi: The War In Space / 惑星大戦争 (1977)

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   The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE, is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.

   I’ve been looking for a copy of this film for a while. It was playing one day on channel 2 out of San Francisco in the late 70’s and I was able to watch a little bit of it. The main ship really stuck with me, along with the action and colors. The movie probably isn’t all that great and my geek nostalgia goggles are really thick on this subject but I have enjoyed watching far worse films… just ask Mrs. Multiverse 😉

Vintage Collection: Ultraman | ウルトラマン Family Poster Set (circa 1970’s)

IMAG2887   Back in the early 80’s, 1981-ish, I had a “friend”. Well I thought he was a friend. I was more his friend than he was mine. That is either here nor there. He let me borrow this awesome poster set while he borrowed a prized comic book of mine. It was a Captain America that I had picked up from 7-11 the week before. It was drawn by one of my favorite artists, John Byrne. Many times I attempted to make contact with this kid, but he had moved away. He stayed in contact with a few others I knew but blew me off.

   In hindsight, I got the better part of the deal, obviously. Heck, I replaced that copy of Captain America vol. 1 #254. Couple that with what I am about to share, well I think I came out on top. I don’t know a lot about the set but it features the Ultraman Family up to that point in time. It also shows a ton of the monsters (kaiju) that they fought.

   With no further ado, I present to you the ultimate Henshin Heroes (no offense, Kamen Riders), Tsuburya’s very own…

ULTRAMAN, err men, errrrr people.

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Check out the gallery >>>

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Happy Force Friday

000b0e00-630   [via StarWars.com] September 4, a.k.a. Force Friday — the highly-anticipated midnight release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more — is almost here. It will be the world’s first chance to own official product celebrating the next installment of the Star Wars saga, and several retailers have, to quote Admiral Piett, “something special planned.” Check out StarWars.com’s special event guide below and may the Force (Friday) be with you!