Sunday, 9 March 2008

Guilty pleasure

Oh yes, I know what I was going to say.

Has anyone else seen the repeats of Space 1999 that are being run in the evenings on one of the freebie satellite channels? I have become completely hooked.

Everything about it makes me laugh. The risible "all jiggle about at the same time" acting.

The flares and anorak-based costumes.

The implausible romantic leads, who all either look like your old geography teacher, or like Dutch porn stars.

The bizarre, more holes than a Swiss cheese, plots.

But the point where I realised I was hooked was last week when Brian Blessed was in it. With truly astonishing makeup and a cape that he swirled villainously.

God it was great.

He had blue stripes in his beard and got to cackle and shout a lot. More than usual I mean.

Ah, I avoided the show as a teenager because it was lame and cheap and British*. And now, those are the very reasons I like it.

*And it wasn't Star Trek. And this was pre Next Generation, mind.


B.E. Earl said...

I used to love Space 1999. I love that Martin Landau and Barbara Bain had a daughter who went on to act in similar sci-fi schlocky things.

And my blog readability level was Elementary School. Egads!

John said...

I have to admit I haven't seen or heard of it, but it does sound rather...lively :p

livesbythewoods said...

It's great.

In a "wobbly scenery and dreadful acting" kind of way.

And Mr E, I had no idea. You are a fount of nerdy wisdom. Marvellous.

Mr Farty said...

I saw rather a lot of Space 1999 as a teenager. It really was awful, think there must have been some totty in it or something to keep me hooked.

I remember the reviewer in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction referred to it initally as Space 1949, then changed their mind and amended it to Space 1939. Didn't stop me watching it though.

livesbythewoods said...

My word, those are some unflattering outfits...unless the "one nork 5 inches above the other" look is hot, of course.