September 2nd, 2011


Bad science fiction yay

Netflix has uncovered one of my dark weaknesses: all the bad science fiction shows I watched as a kid. I can hop merrily from Star Trek to Star Blazers to Battlestar Galactica (original) to Flash Gordon (Okay, I never saw that before, but it's oh-so-awful, it's glorious).

Just booted up the pilot episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century to cheer myself up after going nearly a month without my Prius due to an auto accident. Was supposed to be finally fixed today, but it started overheating as soon as I started to drive home, so now I'm marooned without even a rental -- and the next time I see a Jetta I will scream.

Anyway. Assessment of "Buck":

1. I still love it. My taste, it is so bad. There is every kind of -ism imaginable. Apparently getting hooked on this show as a child caused permanent brain damage.
2. It is the only campy SF which doesn't make me wince at the stupid. See above.
3. Colonel Wilma Deering rocks. And now I finally understand why I had her action figure as a kid. Yay!
4. Princess Ardala does not need "a strong man at her side" to help her conquer the universe. She simply needs WILMA to command her fleet. And then the universe will not stand a chance.

Ship Wilma/Adala y/n? Possibly unfair to Wilma. Further research is indicated.

6. Addendum. Twiki's "Bedebedebedebede" was more entertaining when I was 8. 
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So I've been pondering this Buck Rogers thing.

 There are many, many, many problems with the late 70s "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" show, starting with the fact that Gil Gerard, the Buck Rogers actor, is an ass. (Although he does manage the "charming doofy rogue" character fairly well.)

 </a></b></a>owlmoose's post about [ profile] girlsavesboyfic got me to thinking about the basic plot of the episode I watched last night. FWIW, girl saves boy's butt three or four times in one 2-hour pilot: 


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And of course, the villain of the piece is a princess who's plotting to conquer the Earth so she can get out from under her father's thumb and depose him. Ardala's plotline is seriously undercut by the fact that she's trying to recruit Buck to be her second-in-command since Kane is not sufficiently manly for her. 

I do not expect this trend to last. I believe the first season received lukewarm reviews, after which the show got hit with a terminal case of Stupid. And I think Wilma will quickly be whittled down into a more typical subservient female role so Buck can get on with being the star. 

 But... day-um. And it was frickin' BUCK ROGERS. 

With heavy nods to Star Wars, which had come out two years before, the plot boils down to: "Princess Leia is a tough-as-nails military officer who keeps having to bail Han Solo out of whatever awful scrape he's gotten himself into, while Han teaches her to loosen up a little."  Which, come to think of it, would've been a rather fun story.


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