We just ended one trilogy with the Muppets, and now we’re going to end another trilogy of Showcases: that of shows by Irwin Allen. Allen made four shows, but I have no plans to watch his fourth, so this will be our last look into the mind of a scifi guru. I had been eager to see this show; it’s by far Allen’s most popular, at least today. But this show had many little aspects that I praised it for, too many to count, and I realised that was because they all fit in to one bigger category. So without further ado, let’s hop in the Jupiter Two and have a look at “Lost in Space”.
After watching “The Muppet Show” and “Muppets Tonight”, how could I not watch this second reboot of our beloved musical puppet friends? Now, in light of my Showcase on “Muppets Tonight”, you might understand how I would be skeptical in how well a twenty-first century remake would be handled. And in all honesty, I haven’t seen the new movies, but I know how well they both did. So there are alot of factors up in the air here. Is this show worthy to watch? Let’s find out by taking one last trip to the Muppet theater with this look at “The Muppets”.
Well, it’s been eleven shows since we’ve explored an Irwin Allen production, and I already gave him pretty high marks on “The Time Tunnel”. But this show was Allen’s baby. It started first, ran the longest, and from what I could see, garnered the most of his attention. This show was highly unusual, and with a closer look, we’re going to find out how, and what that meant as far as it’s creativity. So prepare to dive as we observe what it’s like to take a “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. And yes, I know how increasingly cheesy these are getting.
Now, this show is in some ways a remake, but don’t freak out. I tried my very best to watch the original “Flash Gordon” first, the one from 1954. But even though all 39 episodes of that series seem to be still existent, only fifteen have ever surfaced to the public eye, for purchase, Internet streaming, or anything else. And despite my best efforts to locate the remaining episodes (including a phone call to ABC in New York, who now owns the episodes), I have had no success in watching the remaining episodes. If I ever do watch the whole thing, I’ll write a Showcase for it. But this remake isn’t so bad, although I’ll be taking this opportunity to talk about a more broad topic that stretches outside of the show. But, for what it’s worth, let’s take a look at “Flash Gordon” 2007.
After falling in love with “The Wild Wild West”, how could I not come back to Robert Conrad at some point? When looking for shows that I wanted to watch, I found that after WWW, Conrad had gone on to make this show, and I immediately wrote it down so I’d remember to watch it. Well, I finally got back around to it, 29 shows after “The Wild Wild West”. This show had more claims to fame than Robert Conrad however, and in this Showcase, I’d like to talk about a technique that I noticed that stood out, so let’s take a trip to the South Pacific in this look at “Baa Baa Black Sheep”.
This is one of the few classic television shows that is still highly recommended and watched by people my age, albeit it’s not as popular as other shows like “Get Smart” or “The Twilight Zone”. At surface level, this show is very much like many other 1960s sitcoms, and the style of humour is basically the same. But I’d like to mention something else the show did, completely outside of its technical aspects. So let’s take a trip back to the 1940s and over the pond to wonderful Germany in a look at “Hogan’s Heroes”.
Maybe you’ve had it happen to you: you’re trying your very best to do something, but try as you may, you fail nonetheless. However, you find that you have actually done very well at something else in the process, which you never intended. This happens with TV shows quite often, and these days, showrunners have learned to adapt. And this show is like that: failing in what it tried to do, but succeeding in other areas. Let’s take a look at this dual nature that I’m attributing to “The New Avengers”.
Calm yourself, dear reader. I am not talking about The Avengers movie chain, or anything related to Marvel’s media takeover. For the record, I’m not a fan of any Marvel movies anymore, but that’s a whole different topic. No, this is the rightful bearer of such a noble name, and it comes from the other side of the pond. I won’t be discussing much it’s amazing acting, writing, directing, music, plots, scifi devices, or anything else that’s already been covered. I want to touch on where nobody wants to go in regards to this show. So put on your bowlers, because “we’re needed”, so let’s take a look at “The Avengers”.
For some reason, I have an undying interest in time travel, which I’ve mentioned before, and in my search for old TV shows, I stumbled on this one, which was about time travel. Elated, I added it to my list of shows to watch in the future, and when I found it, I watched the whole thing. The only problem was that this show was one of the earlier prototypes of juvenile time travel stories with plots that were less than entertaining, which is more common in juvenile books nowadays. Be that as it may, the show did try to do something that I’ll give it a thumbs up for. So, let’s take a look at the vast world of “Voyagers!”. No, I didn’t put that exclamation point in there; it’s part of the title.
In the last Showcase, I talked about how “Once Upon A Time” had strong morals and how dealing with light and dark was scarily applicable to real life. Pretty deep stuff, right? Well, forget all of that, because today we’re looking at the spinoff. And the spinoff was a one-season failure (I seem to watch alot of those, don’t I?). But why did it fail when the main show was and continues to do well? It isn’t anything so deep as light and dark, but it’s still worth talking about, so let’s do that with “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland”.