Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My New Love...courtesy of the BBC


Anyone  that knows me well enough knows that I have a love for British television, courtesy of my wonderful  mother. As I was telling a co-worker about one of my favorites (Spaced with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), he told me about 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace'. It stars two of the actors from IT Crowd and also has a few cameos of Father Ted's writer, Graham Linehan.

What sets this one apart is that it is a recent show that is pretending to be a show that was originally created back in the 80's, complete with very poor special effects, terrible acting, bad dubbing, and crazy story lines. 

The fictional horror author named Garth Marenghi introduces each episode with talking about how great he is, how great the show was, and how the BBC had to pull it from the original broadcast schedule back then because it was too edgy and raw for the audiences.

The show is also complete with behind the scenes types of interludes during the show with the fictional actors talking about the show.

There are only 6 episodes and I guess they are sometimes shown on SyFy or Adult Swim...but luckily they are all available on YouTube. Hopefully, a region 1 DVD release is in the future.

You can start here with the first episode...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Star Trek - 46th Anniversary

Google always has some very cool graphics celebrating various things like birthdays and anniversaries. During the Olympics, they had a run of fun little games that took up some time among myself and the co-workers.

While I do not consider myself an Uber Star Trek fan, or Trekkie (or is it Trekker?), I do consider myself a fan. Star Trek TNG and the classic Star Trek made up a ritual of television viewing during my second year in college when we did not have cable. I have fond memories of the Toledo channel 36 nightly line-up of TNG following by Classic Trek every weekday night from 10pm to 12am (or was it 11pm - 1am? - I never had 8am classes, so staying up late was rarely an issue).

Even one of my favorite British shows had a brilliant 'tribute' to the franchise...

Some would consider the new Star Trek movie a bit blasphemous since it pretty much resets the Trek universe, totally wiping away what has been done prior. I would disagree - like many Trek episodes on TNG and DS9, many time traveling and alternate universe type of storylines have been done before. I do not think the new stuff takes away anything from the originals - maybe that is why I am not a Trekkie?

I still remember the DS9 Tribbles episode that totally blew away the special effects budget for the entire season - which was why Odo 'lost' his ability to transform that season.