Monday, November 07, 2005

Coming Soon to a DVD shelf near you...

A couple of nice TV show announcements.

First, baby boomer fans will be pleased to learn that a 4-disc, 20-episode set of the PBS classic Electic Company will be hitting shelves in February. Finally, the return of Letter Man! Not to mention Easy Reader, the first role for Morgan Freeman. Now where's Zoom?!

February also brings us the TV adventures of the submarine Seaview with the first season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Fans of the Jabootu site might remember that I love cinematic submarine stuff, so I'm very excited about this. Camp fans should be warned, though, that the first (black and white) season of VBS mostly involved somewhat low-key Cold War espionage stuff, and comparatively little of the very goofy monster and sci-fi stuff that marked the series' remaining fun. It was sort of like Irwin Allen's Lost in Space that way. Still, great news.


At 3:43 PM, Anonymous WJL2 said...

The first season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, like the first season of Lost in Space, were more (some would say considerably more) serious in tone than the remaining seasons.

I remember watching both of these shows for their first season, and looking forward to the second. And the disppointment in the (lack of) quality in the second seasons.

I've wondered, about both shows, if the advent of color caused the writers to get lazy, or perhaps the producers to decide that they didn't need even the illusion of good writing because the *COLOR* would carry the show.

- Bill

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Marty McKee said...

I think you can just blame Irwin Allen, who liked monsters and blinking lights and simplistic melodrama, and didn't give a damn for drama or intelligence or logic or science. I remember a LAND OF THE GIANTS episode where one of the characters traveled through time, but was still able to talk to his compadres using those cheapass little walkie-talkies they carried around all the time.

At 4:30 AM, Anonymous wjl2 said...

Re: I think you can just blame Irwin Allen

Probably true, or at least another factor. He's on record as saying that he thought TV should be fun above all else. Letting things like facts or science get in the way would have gone against this credo.

Makes you wonder if he didn't make these two (VTTBS / LIS) more serious to initially sell them, then went the way he wanted to after that.

LOTG never seemed serious to me at all, but then (getting back to my original idea) it started out in color.

The Time Tunnel, as I recall, only had one season and wasn't that in B&W?

- Bill


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