10 One Season Wonders

   There are some shows that had a great beginning, and then they were gone. One and done. Some may come to mind while you read this. These are shows that were good then and still hold up now. In fact some of them are shows that we watch over and over again. There are Japanese shows that were designed to be a one season, so I won’t list them here… even though I would love to see more from them. I would also like to include Battlestar Galactica, but it technically received a second season, sort of.

So what about you? What “One Season Wonders” do you like to re-watch?

My top 10 are listed here, in no particular order.

  1.  Thundercats (2011)

  2. The Flash (1990)

  3. Firefly (2002)

  4. Forever (2015)

  5. John Doe (2002)

  6. The Lone Gunmen (2001)

  7. Terra Nova (2011)

  8. Almost Human (2013)

  9. Sym-Bionic Titan (2010)

  10. Brimstone (1998)

Honorable Mentions…

  1. Logan’s Run (1977)

  2. Monster Squad (1976)

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.

The Vision vs. Red Tornado: Battle of the Droids?

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   We recently had a reveal of the new Red Tornado (August 1968) that will be appearing on the Supergirl TV show, airing on CBS soon. While they are both androids they are very different. For the new or casual viewer, that may be moot. All red skinned androids are the same to the non-geek public. I know, I am as shocked as you are that there are still some hold-outs to the Geek lifestyle. I can’t stress enough about the fact that this probably won’t be the final look for the Red Tornado. Pardon the pun but it just won’t fly with the community. The Vision (October 1968) was executed perfectly on the big screen, and while the screen may be smaller our expectations, as geeks, are not. Both have a long history, and both have a legacy that predates the characters themselves, one has been honored and we’ll soon see if the other follows suit.

   Who else out there can’t wait to see this old/new character to take to the airwaves?

Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

CoverImage-790x428   As a few of you know, I was born in 1970. Saturday morning cartoons were already of, almost any American kid’s childhood. Until a few years ago it still was. I will admit that there were a few shows I would watch and enjoy. Once the tradition died, though, there was this gaping hole. Sure I could go out and play, or work on a “Honey-Do” list, but damnit if I didn’t miss those damn shows.

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Super President? I thought I had Seen It All…

   If you are looking for a political rant, move along, nothing like that here. I gave up politics, along with religion & superstition, a long time ago. No THIS is Far, far worse my friends.

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suppres1   YouTube is a hell of a site. You can find all sorts of interesting and frightening things on there. Today I found a show called “Super President”.  Wait. What? “Super PRESIDENT”? WTF?

This had to be a fake. A cleverly rendered retro project by some brilliant animation artist. Alas it is not. This show was an actual thing. I was shocked that I had never heard of it before. Not that I am a Know-It-All, but I am well versed in completely USELESS knowledge and being familiar with this show would rank right up there with that level of pointlessness.

600full-super-president-screenshot   Produced by the DePatie-Freleng animation company, “Super President” aired Saturday mornings on NBC from September, 1967 to December, 1968. It was voiced by Paul Frees as  and the American President, James Norcross, who gained superpowers in a Cosmic Storm. Along with super strength he gained the ability to change his molecular structure into any substance he wishes (i.e. Acid, Metal, etc…).

   Ummm… yeah. Well, it was very fun to make fun of, so there is that 😉

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That Time Wonder Woman Was Blonde (1974)

Blonde in a Track Suit. Cathy Lee Crosby was Wonder Woman in 1974

   I remember watching this in the late 70’s but that was the last time. Currently, I am attempting to get a copy to watch and pseudo-review. There are copies on Amazon, honestly they don’t seem like they are worth the price. I would rather rent or pay the price for a digital download.

Here is the breakdown of the story on Wikipedia

   This version of Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her “secret identity” of Diana Prince was not all that secret. The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of codebooks containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.

   Meanwhile, on YouTube…

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