Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

The Space Giants

Posted: November 28, 2018 in Entertainment, Fiction
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“From the far reaches of outer space comes a threat to planet Earth. Mankind faces its most powerful enemy, the mastermind Rodak.”

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It was the 1970s, and at least for a while, a staple of the Superstation WTBS after-school television block was a Japanese import from the 1960s. It was 52 episodes of men in rubber suits playing the roles of robots and monsters while beating the snot out of each other every Monday through Friday afternoon to the delight of many a young child. The series was based on a manga called Ambassador Magma, which was also the TV show’s name in Japan. Beating Ultraman to TV screens in Japan by a handful of days, it was the first show of its kind broadcast in full color on their TV stations. The Ambassador Magma TV show also featured one of the earliest examples of the Japanese transforming robot. In America, it was known as The Space Giants.

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Flash Gordon NBC

“Blasting off on a desperate mission to save Earth from the evil plottings of the tyrannical space lord Ming the Merciless, Dr. Hans Zarkov and Dale Arden have joined me, Flash Gordon, on a fantastic journey into worlds where peril and adventure await us.”

A lot of people have recently been doing nostalgic looks back at American animation through the ages or just at the cartoons and kids shows of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Annoyingly, while hitting a lot of the better-known highlights, everyone seems to give either little or no mention to what was, for me, one of the truly great science fiction Saturday morning cartoons. The Adventures of Flash Gordon, at least the first season, should be more widely recognized as a true classic. Yet, other than a few childhood friends and my childhood-in-spirit friend Sean Scullion, I meet very few people who seem remember it. That really needs to change, as the show’s first season stands up amazingly well all these years after it first aired.

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Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Director: Jamie Childs

Writer: Chris Chibnall (also the new showrunner)

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Sharon D. Clarke, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh

Tonight (or today depending on when you watched) we got to see the debut of the new Doctor. Any time there’s a new actor coming into the role, there are worries by the fans and speculation about how the character will now be played. When a new showrunner is coming in, there’s much the same thing.  For this debut, the level of worry, speculation, and general gnashing of teeth was unprecedented. However, one would expect that given this would be (officially) the first time we saw the Doctor as portrayed by a woman rather than a man. 

So how did she do? Come on, like I didn’t give it away with the header…

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Technology was always going to make our lives better and make our sometimes-limited leisure time more enjoyable. At least that was always the point- when dealing with this specific form of technology -of so many of the little throwaway scenes in so much science fiction over the decades. The machines around us were in their way going to grow smarter, and thus they would be able to serve us in ways people could only imagine experiencing until recent years. One of the ways they would do this was by analyzing the things we regularly liked to hear or see or do and find similar things to that to expose us to when we asked for something to hear or see or do. 

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