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Monday, February 25, 2008

All that Glisters is So Hawt!

"Space 1999." Good music, first season; okay music, second season. Silly premise. (Even sillier premise, second season.)

Laughable plot. (Even more laughable plot, second season.)
Inability to make audience (even the twelve-year-old audience that I was) suspend disbelief.
Dissed for its scientific absurdity by Asimov and Ellison.
Sniggered at for its English accents mouthing plodding dialogue from American writers.
New Agey "introspective" psychobabble, first season.
Goofy monsters, second season. (I'm talking about the thing in a costume, not the actors mouthing lines worthy of amateur re-dubbing.)

A script even the lead actor finally threw against the wall in disgust.*
Hawt lead actor.
Nostalgia - I has it.

*From Wikipedia: Members of the Space: 1999 cast became disenchanted with the scripts. Martin Landau: "They changed it because a bunch of American minds got into the act and they decided to do many things they felt were commercial. Fred Freiberger helped in some respects, but, overall, I don't think he helped the show, I think he brought a much more ordinary, mundane approach to the series." (Starlog 108 1986, pp. 44-47). Under the pseudonym of Charles Woodgrove, Fred Freiberger wrote three episodes, The Rules of Luton, The Beta Cloud and Space Warp, known pejoratively as the "Woodgrove Trilogy" for its simplistic approach to storytelling. One particular episode (All That Glisters, which dealt with the threat of an intelligent rock) was of such allegedly deficient quality that it sparked a confrontation between Freiberger and the cast. Landau disliked the story so strongly that he wrote the following notes on his copy of the script: "All the credibility we're building up is totally forsaken in this script!"; "...Story is told poorly!"; and "The character of Koenig takes a terrible beating in this script — We're all shmucks!"

Martin, you were a hawt shmuck.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange, that for being such a science fiction buff for most of my life, I never watched "Space 1999." From what you say, I didn't miss much.

February 25, 2008 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just googled "Space 1999" to learn that it was aired at a time during which I did not have all that much access to television.

February 25, 2008 11:53 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I didn't miss much.

Except teh sexi hawt Martin Landau.

it was aired at a time during which I did not have all that much access to television.

Hey! Then you've also missed this. (I could not believe my eyes.) TV shows were unfunny back then, too.

February 26, 2008 12:08 AM  
Blogger Tor Hershman said...

Yes but what of moi’s, officially ignored, film/research
into the origin of Christendom.

Since the film is
the awful facts it must be disregarded by those that tout
the beautiful untruths.

The Religious Authorities, and those that GAIN from there being religions [e.g., People in the “Business” of Atheism], always say NOT to view that which they DO want you to see and avert their eyes, and remain quite silent, about that which they hope you will not chance upon.

Part I

Part II

Say, did you dig Mr. Landau's performance in "Ed Wood"?

Stay on groovin’ safari,

February 26, 2008 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Landau did a bangup job in "Mission Impossible."
I did watch some episodes of the original "Battlestar Galactica" in '78, but when the miniseries "Centennial" was aired at the same time, "BG" went by the board. It was cluttered with too much pseudoscientific hogwash and depended too much on explosions. All too many Hollywood scriptwriters are scientifically illiterate.

February 26, 2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitur said...


February 26, 2008 2:51 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Rev. Barky likes the purple hair!

UFO is a cooler show, sadly, but there's little emotional involvement among the characters.

February 26, 2008 3:56 PM  

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