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Feb 07

TV Sci-Fi For Kids: The Year Is 1987… (Porn version)

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Buck In The 25th“…And America launches the last of NASA’s deep space probes…”

Of the two US space operas available to me as a child, and then again as an “ironic” Def II viewing late teenager, I always much prefered Buck Rogers In The 25th Century. It wasn’t just Erin Grey’s catsuits, but the more day-glo adventures of Gil Gerrard seemed more fun than the doom laden Battlestar Galactica crew. How little I knew what DOOM LAIDEN really meant, watch the all new Galactica for that. But Buck, Wilma (hmm, I guess names go in cycles) and of course Twiki were just plain fun. And that’s before proto-Emo-bird-boy Hawk turned up on the scene.

I got to thinking about it recently, when the South Park Richard Dawkin’s episode when, in a manner only really empathetical to site admin Alan, Cartman freezes himself to get a Wii. In explaining the five hundred years he sleeps, Parker & Stone use the Buck Rogers theme and graphic style as short hand, and it is very funny. And so in order, here is the Buck Rogers opening credits, and its a pretty good theme tune (terrific build):

Cartman’s trip:

B-b-but, even better, the rather spanking theme tune is actually based on a long, sappy song which ran over the almost interminable credits of the pilot. Compare the one minute intro above to the whole four minutes, which posits Buck as futuristic, if fast asleep, James Bond as future babes do all sorts of cavorting around him. Its less Buck Rogers and more Emmanuelle in the 25th Century. I know which intro I prefer, but culturally, this is a very different beast. I think in the pilot they may have had to cover Twiki’s eyes*! Watch and learn.

*Except of course Twiki had the dirty old man voice of Mel Blanc and as such was older than all of the cast.

Comments

  1. 1
    Alan on 9 Feb 2007 #

    For those of you paying less close attention, i put a bit of the south park/Buck Rogers intro on the start of poptimism podcast 23.

    a technical glitch leaves off a bit of the speech at the start so it just crashes in with “wii to come out” TO EVERYONE’s AMUSEMENT

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    Alan on 9 Feb 2007 #

    OMG that pilot sequence! but ignoring the scampi ladies ect, THERE ARE WORDS TO THE SONG! nice find.

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2007 #

    The Grrr, growl moment after Erin Grey pops up in the sequence, followed by the hillarious sliding down the giant Buck Rogers graphic are absolute classics. There are some great photos on the site linked btw: thouygh few greater that this from episode Return To Oasis. This must be Noel:

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    Alan on 9 Feb 2007 #

    OMG Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer, original version) was in BR! also, last time i looked the first 2 series of the 80s BR were on homechoice* VoD

    * soon to be Tiscali TV (catchy, no? no)

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2007 #

    There were only 2 series! It felt like so much more.

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    TWIKI on 9 Feb 2007 #

    HIYA BUCK!

  7. 7
    Deon on 7 Aug 2011 #

    Infrmaotoin is power and now I’m a !@#$ing dictator.

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