Star Maidens!

If you're into 70's TV sci-fi, do check out Star Maidens. Orange, Brown, Olive, Duck egg!  The "Storm Troopers" are the best. Even if there were sci-fi stuff on TV nowadays, I doubt we'd see something like these colorful concoctions from the past.

I've blogged about UFO earlier, but I hadn't seen much of the spiritual sequel, Space 1999, until recently. I actually haven't much liked what I've seen from Space 1999 so far. The plot is so obviously at the whims of the writer, oftentimes plowing down a morally deficient (or just oblivious) line of thought without much regards to scientific literacy or plot integrity. I can accept a flawed plot if it's fun and there are cheesy guys in 70's outfits, but Space 1999 is so damn beige (the characters in particular), both literally and metaphorically.

Superficially, it tries to set a serious tone, but underneath its all... fantasy writing. Moral dilemmas carry weight because we can relate to them, because they are realistic, even if the setting is not. In fantasy writing, there's often just an emotional appeal, then a Deus Ex Machina to prove it right (against the odds), delivering an unjustified, empty moral lesson.

That said, I really enjoyed Space 1999's s1x08 Dragon's Domain.


Arioch said...

It's true that the writing in Space: 1999 makes UFO look like Rendezvous With Rama by comparison.

But mean, Eagles are so cool...

Arne said...

Yeah, the Eagles have this modularity thing going on which makes the design functionally appealing. The other alien ships are pretty nice looking too. It's unfortunate that pre-StarWars spaceship battles never gave the viewer a sense of relations in space.

The pilots scramble to ships. Stock photo of take-off sequence. Stock photo of flying in formation. Shot of approaching Alien ships. "It's aliens! Blast them!" Stock photo of firing lasers. Alien ship replaced with explosion fx. Return to base.

Actually, the early Flash Gordon stuff wasn't so bad in this respect. People were often shown in relation to the ships, disembarking (even parachuting), or looking out through windows, and IIRC there were a few shots of dogfights showing both combatants.

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