A show that started as a spin-off from one of the most successful fantasy shows of all time managed a rare feat–carving out its own voice and identity.
Rob and Clive celebrate the David Boreanez-starring Angel, and mourn a endlessly inventive show that unfairly disappeared before its time. I mean, how can you not love a programme that featured eps where the brooding hero was turned into a puppet, or revealed his inner thoughts through the medium of karaoke?
In the crowded arena of TV shows featuring super-fast, super-secret helicopters, Airwolf was the stand out. Mean and moody lead? Check. Comedy sidekick? Checky-check. Conspiracy and tension between the Airwolf crew and the agency they ostensibly worked for? Check-o (in the first season, at least).
Rob and Clive run through the story, dig out the old cello and yes, even take a pass at the theme song…*
People have a lot of fond memories of the cult dark fantasy, starring Gary Cole as the demonic sheriff of a small South Carolina town. Does it deserve its reputation? Rob and Clive take another look at the strange tale of the people of Trinity, SC.
Rob and Clive explore the slick, surreal and sexy world of The Avengers: the John Steed version, that is. Rob gets hot under the collar about a certain leather outfit, and Clive forgets who’s wearing the kinky boots.
Bowlers and brollies at the ready, Listeners!
The A To Z Of SFF respectfully dedicate this episode to the memory of Brian Clemens, whose creative stamp was all over The Avengers and so much great British genre TV.
INPUT ERROR: Scanning of additional data banks indicates that crew members Rob and Clive failed to mention RONALD SHUSETT as one of the credited writers on ALIEN. A key collaborator with Dan O’Bannon, the pair would go on to adapt the Philip K Dick short story ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ into another landmark Sci-Fi movie: Total Recall (also credited on that movie as writers: Jon Povill; Gary Goldman).
PUNITIVE ACTION INITIATED…
So, it turns out we missed out on a vital piece of data when talking about Alien. Consequence: three weeks in the space doldrums on a diet of sprout protein and beans.
The atmospheric controls have been taking a hammering, I can tell you.
CycloMedia has started talking to us again, and has challenged us to improve his knowledge of Automan.
Because if there’s one thing we hate talking about, it’s obscure 80s SFTV from the master, Glen A. Larson.
Cursor, draw me the Autocar…
and while we’re at it, let’s check out some Automan action!
The climax of Blake’s 7 Month on Excuses And Half Truths: our gigantic (no kidding, I’ve had to split it in half) retrospect-o-view of the classic British SF show. Join Clive and I, along with Speakeasy regular Keith Eyles and friend of the blog Chris Rogers as we look at the characters, costumes, production values, themes and soooo much more. Settle in, Listenership. We’re heading for Galactic Edge with this one…