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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : In which we learn that Zordon doesn’t know what dinosaurs are.

Another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

Cast:

Walter Jones Zack Taylor

Amy Jo Johnson Kimberley Hart

David Yost Billy Cranston

Thuy Trang Trini Kwan

Austin St John Jason Lee

Paul Scrier Farcas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeyer

Jason Narvy Eugene ‘Skull’ Skullovich

David Fielding Zordon of Eltar

First aired:28th August 1993

Plot: Two astronauts on the moon find a receptacle that they can only describe as a dumpster. They open it and accidentally free cosmic villainess Rita Repulsa and her less than intimidating cohorts, Goldar, Squatt, Finster and Baboo.

On Earth, more specifically the California town of Angel Grove, a group of 5 friends (Jason, Zack, Kimberley, Trini and Billy) are practicing gymnastics and martial arts in a gym/juice bar/rec centre, when local reprobates Bulk and Skull arrive to sexually harass Kimberley and Trini. After having their arses handed to them, they join Jason’s karate class, only to be further embarassed. The ground begins to shake…

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Lucky Number 7 part 4

 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Cast:

Kerr Avon –  Paul Darrow

Vila Restal–  Michael Keating

Soolin  –  Glynis Barber

Del Tarrant  –  Steven Pacey

Dayna Mellanby  –  Josette Simon

Zen/ Orac – Peter Tuddenham

Servalan – Jacqueline Pearce

If you expected season 4 to either start or end happily has clearly no idea what this show was. The season started with the crew of the destroyed Liberator having being shipwrecked on Terminal. Their only way off was a booby trapped shuttle, the destruction of which destroyed the only shelter on Terminal, costing the life of Cally, who was killed off-screen. The crew are then rescued by a man called Dorien and his ship the Scorpio, controlled by the computer Slave. He brings them aboard and flies him to his home base on the planet Xenon. There they meet Soolin, a  gun for hire working with Dorien, or maybe more. It’s a trap of course and Dorien ends up being more of a Dorien Gray sort of character. The team defeat him and get a base, a ship and with Soolin, a new member of the team. We also get new guns, new teleporter effects, new opening credits and a little bit more of status quo than the aimless wandering of the 3rd season.

The opening titles and production design tell us we’re very much in the 1980s, fitting since the first episode aired on September 28 1981. The team is now very much Avon’s group, with it being a looser group of people bound by experience and mutual interests. They are brigands for sure with heists and jewellery robberies as much the plot as anything rebellious. There’s a bit more focus on character, with Avon becoming more amoral and pragmatic, whilst the others are less trusting of him. The conflicts feel less forced and their more desperate actions making more sense. With Scorpio being less of a warship and more a high speed get away car, there’s less emphasis on space battles and more on running and the dangers of going up against warships and this increases the sense of danger to the cast, all but two of the original 7 having already being killed or driven off. As this band’s fortunes wane, Servalan crops up under a pseudonym to rebuild her powerbase as the Federation is once more expanding. This resurgence galvanises the team to get serious about dealing with them, the back half of the season being about getting resources and allies in order to oppose the Federation once more. This sort of gets full circle, with Avon taking Blake’s role, very much aware that no one is going to rally around him. When that all turns to chaos and disaster Avon turns to the one person he knows could lead this Rebel Alliance, Roj Blake. Blake has been busy, building an army of criminals, gunfighters and malcontents under the pretence of being a bounty hunter. He’s getting ready for his return just as Avon turns up, once again without a ship and his crew scattered. He believes Blake has betrayed him, but it’s Blake that’s been betrayed and the final episode of the season and the series as a whole ends in a shoot out. Well it was never going to be a happy ending was it?

With the pacing being 70’s and the effects being low budget 80’s the cast really had to do all of the heavy lifting. Paul Darrow is having a ball as Avon, all sarcastic Flash Gordon and Michael Keating is solid as the cowardly Vila, who is really only with Avon for safety, but even he as a bit of a hero moment in the last episode, not that it does him any good. Stephen Pacey’s Tarrant is only there as a necessary foil for Avon and we don’t really get to know Soolin too well, we are told she’s a gunfighter, but there’s little to show that at all. The real loser of the season is Josette Simon, who’s role as Dayna seem reduced to damsel in distress one episode and blank cardboard cut out the next. I could say that the female characters don’t do well in this season, were it not for Jacqueline Pearce taking chunks out of the scenery as the gloriously over the top Servalan. Much like the Scorpio’s crew, she has to come back from the abyss to rebuild her life and she does so with a large amount of gusto, owning the screen with the full knowledge of what kind of show she’s in, but having as much fun as Darrow in their scenes. Apart from the last episode, it’s very much Avon vs Servalan and the show works better when the pair of them are on screen.

Overall, I enjoyed this season more than 3 and feel that the show was just getting to grips with what it wanted to be just as it was coming to an end, the dour endings, the hopelessness of the battle against a vast enemy and the underdog natures of the good guys (we were never going to call them heroes, were we?) all made this something very different to what came before and it’s tone and scope wouldn’t have anything similar to it on screen for decades.

It was an interesting watch and I am glad I got to do it. I don’t know that I would ever recommend it to everyone, but if you were a fan of 70’s/80’s Doctor Who, you could do worse.

Once again, thanks to the host of the Palace of Glittering Delights  podcast for getting me onto this program and please check his show out, it’s funny, honest and full of fun stuff that you may have forgotten about, or are glad that someone else remembers.

 

Ta Ta for Now internet people, work is a’calling and apparently they’re expecting me to earn my wages today.

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X-Men: The Animated series, in which we don’t learn if mall babies eat chilli-fries

TV and Comics Combine

Pilot Era

First Aired: 31 October 1992

Cast (Main):

Cedric Smith                               Charles Xavier

Norm Spencer                            Cyclops

Cathal J Dodd                             Wolverine

Iona Morris                                 Storm

Catherine Disher                         Jean Grey

George Buza                               Beast

Chris Potter                                Gambit

Lenore Zann                              Rogue

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Lucky Number 7: Part 3

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

Cast:

Kerr Avon –  Paul Darrow

Vila Restal–  Michael Keating

Cally  –  Jan Chappel

Del Tarrant  –  Steven Pacey

Dayna Mellanby  –  Josette Simon

Zen/ Orac – Peter Tuddenham

Servalan – Jacqueline Pearce

Airing 7 January 1980 Aftermath kicked off season 3, a season that took the show in a very different direction. Gone from the series were Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, David Jackson and Brian Crouch, each written out or killed off. Thomas and Knyvette were the leads of the show and their decision to leave left the show without much of the show’s cast and raison detre. This season the focus shifted to Kerr Avon who took the lead protagonist role. Without Travis, the villain of the piece was former Supreme Commander and presently Federation President Servalan.

The series takes place in the aftermath of a galactic war, started at the end of season 2. The Federation is in pieces, the attacking aliens defeated and the crew of the Liberator is scattered. Avon, Cally, Villa and Orac return and are joined by naive, but lethal Dayna and the cocky space-pirate Tarrant. This new crew lacks the ongoing goals of the old one, some wanting revenge on Servalan, others just wanting some profit out of it all.

There’s a greater sense of fun to this series as well as an attempt to tell stories that aren’t Blake’s war on the Federation. Free from Blake’s shadow Avon becomes more of a leader, his loyalty to his team based on their skills rather than sentiment. His relationship with Servalan simmers with sexual tension and mutual admiration. These are both ambitious survivors who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Darrow and Pierce own their roles and play them with an understated charm, which swings wildly to scenery chewing quite easily. Dayna lacks consistent characterisation and Tarrant tries the whole season to take the ship and crew from Avon who has no time for the games and lets him be in charge, up until it’s time for him not to be. It’s interesting, but graes on you after a while. As well as feeling different, the show looks very different, the main  Liberator set is the same, but the costumes vary episode by episode with varying degrees of success. The other returning cast members are at home with the roles, with Villa being exactly as he always was, a bit of a coward and the voice of regular folk in this show, but Cally adds a cynical resignation to her character, someone who has lost time and time again and doesn’t know how many more battles she has left in her, or even what she is fighting for.

 

It was an uneven season, with many lows and highs. It suffered due to the loss of Blake from Blake’s 7, but honestly not as much as it could have. His absence became a character as much as he had been for the last season and the difference was more than made up by giving Paul Darrow’s Avon more screen time. After building the team for a season it all seemed to come apart right at the end with Avon keeping the team in the dark, the Liberator and it’s AI Zen lost and the team stranded after learning after a year of wondering that Blake is indeed dead. All hope seems lost, but this was in keeping with how the series has been up to that point.

Before I watched the series, I was advised that season 2 was the peak, but I will be honest I found this season more enjoyable. It had a few twists, such as Cally being saved on a medical ship at the start of the season, only to find Servalan on it and the later ending up on a planet that used strangers as organ-banks for the rich. There were fun moments with Villa getting the girl, well for a little while. The villains were quite villainous, with Servalan wiping out the population of Cally’s homeworld in her quest to rebuild and expand the Terran Federation. Or Colin Baker showing up as a mad space-pirate who ended up blowing himself to pieces. There’s fun and a silliness to it. It remains not a good show, but being three quarters done, am invested and want to see how it all goes badly wrong for this plucky band of fairly reluctant rebels. I will go back for season 4 because without Gan, without Blake, without Jenna, without Zen and without the Liberator, I want to know what happens next and it’s always good when a show makes you feel that way.

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Scorpion: In which we learn that you shouldn’t call Happy “sweetheart”

Another week, another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

Cast:

Elwes Gabel Walter O’Brien

Katherine McPhee Paige Dineen

Eddie Kaye Thomas Toby Curtis

Jadyn Wong Happy Quinn

Ari Stidham Sylvester Dodd

Robert Patrick Cabe Gallo

Riley B. Smith Ralph Dineen

First Aired: 22nd September 2014

Plot: 90’s Ireland and the hacker known as Scorpion has hacked into NASA. American forces led my Federal Agent Cabe Gallo take ‘Scorpion’ into custody, but are surprised to find he is 10 year old Walter O’Brien.

Years later and Walter has acclimated to life in the US. He’s holding down a job, has lost his Irish accent and has no real idea how to deal with people. He, for example, thinks it’s perfectly appropriate to schedule his break up with his girlfriend to coincide with a job sorting out a diner’s WiFi network. In the diner with the owner is waitress Paige Dineen and her young son Ralph, who due to his lack…

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Spin Off Special: Stargate Atlantis, or in another galaxy they speak modern English?

This week’s Pilot Era Post and it’s a spin off

Pilot Era

First aired: 12th October 2004

Cast (Main):

Joe Flannigan Maj. John Sheppard

Tori Higginson Dr Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett Rodney McKay

Paul McGillion Dr Carson Beckett

Cast (Guest):

Richard Dean Anderson Gen. Jack O’Neill

Michael Shanks Dr. Daniel Jackson

Robert Patrick Col. Marshall Sumner

Andee Frizell Wraith Queen

Spin Off Specifics:

Where did is spin-off from? Stargate SG-1

When did it spin-off from? This season ran alongside SG-1’s season 8.

What is different? Rather than set on Earth and dealing with the Go’auld, this was set in another galaxy in an alien city. Other than that it was a new cast, but very much a stargate show.

Was it necessary? The Lost City plot only really has a point if you are going to go to the Lost city, so there’s a story that can be told.

How did it…

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Warehouse 13: In which we learn where the Ark of the Covenant Ended Up

Another Pilot era post,
Probably should write something specific to this blog at some point.

Pilot Era

20180531_112357244676955.jpgCast:

Artie Nielson Saul Rubinek

Myka Baron Joanne Kelly

Pete Latimer Eddie McClintock

Mrs. Frederick C C H Pounder

Leena Genelle Williams

First Aired: 7th July 2009

Plot: Secret Service Agent Myka Baron is running security on an event at the Smithsonian that the US President is due to attend. On the final run through of her security protocols, she encounters a curator, working on an ancient bloodstone. He cuts his hand and after Mya leaves, the bloodstone starts glowing. Elsewhere after a one night stand with a waitress working the event, the Secret Service Agent who wrote those protocols, Pete Latimer dresses and heads to the event himself.

At the Smithsonian, Pete talks to Myka who seems to find him quite the irritant, complaining about how the protocols have been changed and he asks that she delay proceedings since he feels something is wrong. Myka is less than…

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Dollhouse: In which we learn what you can be Ok with is flexible with enough money.

Another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

_20180603_0829302022064776.jpgMain Cast:

Eliza Dushku Echo/Caroline Farrell/Miss Penn

Henry Lennix Boyd Langton

Olivia Williams Adele DeWitt

Tamoh Penikett Paul Ballard

Franz Kanz Topher Brink

Amy Acker Dr. Saunders

Enver Gjokai Anton Lubov

Dichen Lachman Sierra

Reed Diamond Mr Dominic

Guest Cast:

Kurt Caceras Gabriel Crestejo

Haley Alexis Pullo Davina Crestejo

First Aired:13th February 2009

Plot: A young woman named Caroline is in a meeting with Adelle DeWitt, she is being asked to volunteer for something. She’s clearly upset and is blaming herself for something. Miss DeWitt asks for 5 years, reluctantly she agrees.

It’s night-time, at some point later and two people are racing on motorbikes in the street. One of them is Caroline, but really it isn’t. The other is a guy called Matt. They race to his party and after a romantic moment, she is whisked away by Boyd Langton, who offers her a ‘treatment’ and she’s away…

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