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January 22, 2007

The Other Ghostbusters

Randomly, I was driven to look up info on the other Ghostbusters.

Back in 1975, long before the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Filmation put out 15 episodes of a live action series titled "The Ghost Busters" (IMDB Wikipedia) which featured a team of three who investigated paranormal events. The three investigators were Jake Kong (Larry Storch), Eddie Spencer (Forrest Tucker), and Tracy the Ape (Bob Burns in a gorilla costume). 70s Live Action Kid Vid has a Ghost Busters page with some fascinating pictures.

Of course, in the 80s, a completely unrelated live action movie titled Ghostbusters came out. After some legal wrangling, Filmation put out a cartoon titled "Filmation's Ghostbusters" to more or less cash in on the movie's popularity. The cartoon, which ran for 65 episodes, featured the sons of the original Kong and Spencer (IMDB Wikipedia). Eddie Spencer's voice in the cartoon was provided by Peter "Optimus Prime" Cullen. :)

This also explains why the tie-in cartoon to the Ghostbusters movie was retitled "The Real Ghostbusters"...

Posted at 6:37 PM | Comments (0)

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Recently I got hold of and watched Star Trek: The Animated Series. Not only did it introduce such concepts as the Holodeck years before The Next Generation, but it also features some of the stiffest animation known to man. I also made many screen shots from some of which I constructed this panorama of the animated bridge:
[Bridge panorama]

I've also made some LiveJournal icons which will made available shortly in the Trek section of my LiveJournal Icons page.

Posted at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2006

Dodgy Alien #5

From the infamous Pendragon "Not the Tom Cruise Version" of War of the Worlds comes a Martian:
[I'm a Martian! GRRRR!]

Which looks sadly like some sort of sprouting root vegetable. Despite the spindly appearance of its tentacles, it can actually walk on them, although it prefers to stay within its war machine. Sadly, this is by no means the worst visual effect in this LSD-soaked three-hour torture (viewings have been banned under the Geneva convention), which I may some day demonstrate by posting screen shots of the "good" bits..

Posted at 7:38 PM | Comments (2)

September 9, 2006

DOA: Dead or Alive

I thought it was about time I tried out the new Skycity cinemas in Queensgate (they're very big and they don't play 15 minutes of adverts before the movies like Hoyts does!) so I went to see DOA: Dead or Alive.

I haven't played the games the movie's based on, but I've seen enough of them to go in to it expecting lots of Mortal Kombat style fighting, with added T&A and a token plot, and that was pretty much exactly what I got. Robin Shou from the MK films even has a couple of cameos.

The token plot involves a dozen or so fighters being invited to an island to take part in a tournament. About halfway through, I realised that the mastermind controlling the competition was Eric "The Master" Roberts. This, plus the "plot twist", is all the plot you'll get. The movie is filled out with fight sequences and gratuitous T&A shots.

An entertaining if silly movie.

Posted at 5:44 PM | Comments (2)

May 15, 2006

Dodgy Aliens #3 and #4

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure(?!) of seeing the last story of the original 70s Tomorrow People series, titled War of the Empires. This brings me to...

Continue reading "Dodgy Aliens #3 and #4"

Posted at 9:14 PM | Comments (3)

March 2, 2006

DVD score!

I had a voucher for the DVD of the Wallace and Grommit movie The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at Whitcoulls, so I ambled in this lunchtime to pick it up. Which I was grabbing it off the shelf, I noticed they had the complete animated series of Peter Chung's Aeon Flux, so I grabbed that too. Then when I got to the counter, I was told that there was a current special: buy Curse of the Were-Rabbit and get Chicken Run for $5. I have no resistence to that sort of thing. :)

But I did fill up my Whitcoulls DVD loyalty card, so my next DVD is free. But after that, I'm not allowed in Whitcoulls for the rest of the month. :)

Posted at 6:23 PM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2006

Al Lewis and the Neptune Mystery

As you've probably heard, Al Lewis who played Grandpa Munster sadly died yesterday. Coincidentally tonight I watched the Lost in Space episode "Rocket to Earth" which features Al Lewis as the wizard Zalto.

[Al Lewis as Zalto with Dr Smith]

Jeff alerted me to a bizarre mystery involving Zalto. At one point during the episode he states that Neptune has three rings. Neptune does have three main rings. The only problem is that the rings appear to have been first discovered in the 80s (thinkquest.org says they were first detected in 1983) while "Rocket to Earth" was screened in 1967.

Presumably the only person who could shed light on how the rings came to be mentioned over a decade earlier than they were discovered is episode writer Barney Slater, but unfortunately he died in 1978, so the mystery remains...

(Unless my info about the year the rings were discovered is totally wrong, of course. :)

Posted at 8:52 PM | Comments (2)

February 5, 2006

Captain Scarlet

On a somewhat more advanced note than Lost in Space, today I watched the first four episodes of the recent Captain Scarlet remake.

In ther original, Captain Scarlet (member of elite security organisation SPECTRUM) was rendered invulnerable by the Mysterons. The Mysterons dwell in a city on Mars, and were provoked by humans into starting a war whereby they wish to destroy Earth and its inhabitants. The original show was done using puppets. The new show is done using CGI, and it's allowed the makers to do much more than could have been done int her original.

The updated Mysteron city looks gloriously like something from a movie rather than a TV series. In fact, all four of the episodes felt more like half-hour movies instead of episodes of a TV show. In the fourth episode, our heroes go to Mars to rescue some scientists, and the production all the way through feels more like a big-budget motion picture.

Seems to be the in-thing in Britain at the moment to do remakes that blow everything else out of the water. Excellent. :)

Posted at 3:13 PM | Comments (0)

February 3, 2006

Another Great Moment in Science Fiction History

From the Lost in Space episode "The Golden Man", the title character Keema(Dennis Patrick) carries Judy Robinson(Marta Kristen) out from the centre of a mine field.

[Lost in Space!]

I have to say, I've never considered the idea of disguising mines as badly-inflated beach balls. It seems to me they'd be sorta easy to spot and avoid...

Also featured in this episode: Christmas Tree lights pretending to be barbed wire. CLASSIC!

Posted at 7:38 PM | Comments (0)

December 18, 2005

Vulcans and Masturbation

If you were offended by the title of this post, that's probably a sign you won't like the rest of this post. :)

Random picture of T'PolRecently I saw the Star Trek Enterprise episode "Fusion", in which Enterprise encountered a ship full of Vulcans who had embraced their emotions rather than suppressing them. The Vulcan ship had been in space for eight years. (Also, one of the Vulcans mind-raped T'Pol and gave her Vulcan AIDS, but that's irrelevant to this post).

I was also introduced to First TV Drama's Enterprise reviews, which point out the many inconsistencies in the episodes. I'm going to make specific reference to one bit of their review for "Fusion".

As Richard Whettestone points out about 2/3 of the way down that page, the ship has been out in space for 8 years. As we learned in the original series, male Vulcans get extremely horny every seven years, and it makes them go a wee bit insane. In the original series, this leads Spock to have a fight to the death with his best mate, Kirk. "If the Pon Farr makes a logical Vulcan go whacky, imagine what it does to emotional ones," says Richard.

It's my contention that Pon Farr would actually affect an overtly emotional Vulcan a lot less than the normal emotion-suppressing Vulcans.

Your normal everyday male Vulcan suppresses his emotions and is entirely logical. This means that logically he does not masturbate or have any sex as that would be illogical and a display of emotion. This leads to a gradual build up of sexual frustration, which the Vulcan routinely suppresses. When their seven years are up, the biologically-triggered Pon Farr causes a simultaneous release of all this pent-up sexual frustration, driving the poor fellow mad.

On the other hand, a Vulcan who has embraced his emotions would tend to have sex in his biological off-hours, as they were, or masturbate should he not be able to find a suitable partner. This means (a) no pent-up sexual tension, and (b) a better-adjusted Vulcan. Thus when they reach Pon Farr, the biological changes don't make as much difference to them.

In summary, Vulcans are not screwed up because they are wankers, but precisely because they are not.

Posted at 12:26 PM | Comments (6)

November 28, 2005

Enterprise in a nutshell

Having just watched Star Trek: Enterprise season 1 all the way through for the first time, I can safely summarise it thusly:

* NX-01 has joined #Starsystem37754
<NX-01> HIII! WE'RE FROM EARTH!
<BumpyForeheadRace35> WTF?
<NX-01> WE'RE CALLED HUMANS!
<BumpyForeheadRace35> That's nice...
<BumpyForeheadRace35> Caps lock?
<NX-01> WE WANT TO BE FRIENDS!
<BumpyForeheadRace35> ...
<BumpyForeheadRace35> FFS
* BumpyForeheadRace35 has left #Starsystem37754

* BumpyForeheadRace35 has joined #Starsystem37755
<BumpyForeheadRace36> Hey, what's up?
<BumpyForeheadRace35> There's some newbies running around, They say they're from Earth.
<BumpyForeheadRace36> Earth? Never heard of it.
<BumpyForeheadRace35> If they just turn up, just ignore them and maybe they'll go away.
* NX-01 has joined #Starsystem37755
<NX-01> HIII! WE'RE FROM EARTH!
<NX-01> HELLLLLLOOOOOO!
* NX-01 scans for life signs
* NX-01 has left #Starsystem37755
<BumpyForeheadRace35> Thank Roddenberry that worked.

* NX-01 has joined #Starsystem37756
<NX-01> HIII! WE'RE FROM EARTH!
<KlingonBirdOfPrey> P'TAK!
* KlingonBirdOfPrey sets mode: +b NX-01
* NX-01 was kicked by KlingonBirdOfPrey (GRE'THOR WILL BE PAVED WITH YOUR ASHES!)

Posted at 8:56 PM | Comments (2)

November 12, 2005

Trekkie Heaven

And I thought a box set containing all 10 Star Trek movies was excessive, Amazon currently have listed The Ultimate Star Trek Collection, featuring: all ten movies, the original series, the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. A steal at only $2,499.99 (yes, that's American dollars).

I actually wondered how much the postage would be on that little lot to New Zealand. You'd think the postage on 212 DVDs would be astronomical, but Amazon calculated it for me as... *drumroll* $6.48. They might need to revise that figure..!

Of course, I'm not actually going to buy this - it's incomplete! They didn't include the animated series. ;)

Posted at 12:15 AM | Comments (1)

October 29, 2005

Dodgy Alien #2

From the very outer reaches of the Outer Limits comes a new fear! To be precise, I was watching an episode of The Outer Limits titled "Don't Open 'Til Doomsday". In the episode, people are sucked into a small box (it's bigger on the inside) by the alien within who seeks to destroy the world!

The alien looks like this:
[Turdy the Turd Monster From Another Dimension!]

I've got to hand it to the designer on that show for designing an actual literal crap monster. I'm not entirely sure why they chose to gave it that huge lopsided grin though - makes it look more like it's looking for a hug than seeking to annihilate the universe.

[Previously on Dodgy Alien Theatre: Thing]

Posted at 12:23 AM | Comments (1)

October 18, 2005

War of the Worlds (Asylum remix)

This is the third of the War of the Worlds movies to be released this year. It's no Spielberg masterpiece but it's not technicolour puke either. It's the Asylum take. To the right you should see the cover, on which one of the walkers (they have six legs, not three) is doing an Independance Day impression with the White House. Like the picture on the back with walkers destroying the city, this doesn't occur in the movie.

The trailers which played when I stuck the disk in didn't really fill be with confidence, being full of bad acting and (unintentionally?) hilarious gore. But fortunately, the movie itself didn't plumb those depths.

George Herbert (astronomer) is seperated from his wife and kid at the start of the movie as mysterious objects plung from the skies. He approaches the crater with a group of people, only to be confronted by a huge six-legged machine which starts with the killing and the mayhem. The story swiftly gets to the action, with walkers stomping around heat-raying people and wiping out civilisation in the first half hour, while Mr Herbert attempts to make his way to the Lincoln Memorial to meet up with his wife.

The special effects vary a lot from average for a TV series to pretty good. Fortunately they show stuff sparingly and the movie benefits from it. I'm not big on gore, but this movie has it, and it seemed like about the right amount to me. This movie didn't have a huge budget, but by the looks they made more of it than Pendragon did. The pacing was a little odd at times...

Not a Hollywood masterpiece, but better than a B movie.

In 2007 will be released (hopefully!) yet another War of the Worlds movie, the completely CGI version based on Jeff Wayne's soundtrack...

Posted at 8:34 PM | Comments (1)

September 24, 2005

Wallace and Grommit

I went to see Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. While the town is preparing for a vegetable contest, local inventor Wallace and Grommit have started a humane pest removal business named Anti-Pesto. After ridding Lady Tottington (Totty to her friends) of a rabbit infestation, Wallace comes up with a plan to make the bunnies harmless.

As with the previous Wallace and Grommit outings, half the fun is spotting the wee background details (Grommit graduated from Dogwarts) and the other half is the story itself and the characters who inhabit the minds of Nick Park and his fellow co-writers. The extra-long run time was much appreciated (though it meant an extra-long production time :( and overall it was fantastic! Go see it!

Before the movie there was a short featuring the penguins from Madagascar. Though being horribly out-of-season (twas a Christmas story...), it was terribly cute and the poodle ruled. One of the penguins sounds like Pinky of Pinky and the Brain.

Posted at 5:15 PM | Comments (0)

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