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(io9)   Short-lived, long-forgotten 1980s sci-fi TV show is born again. Still no word on a return for Manimal   (io9.com) divider line 137
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2013-03-19 10:18:47 AM

Premeditated_Road_Rage: They *did* try to re-make Misfits of Science.

I think it was called 'Heroes', if I'm not mistaken.




Big ole this. Loved the idea in Misfits.
 
2013-03-19 10:21:50 AM

MotleyC: Dragonflew: Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.

Otherworld?

Yes I remember that. Loved it but it got cancelled quickly. I was just a kid when it was on.




What a cutie.

And we got an awesome bad guy, forever. When does Breaking Bad start?
 
2013-03-19 10:23:46 AM

Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...


This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
www.chud.com
Yeee haaaawwwww
 
2013-03-19 10:25:27 AM
This cyborg took so much lead. Usually in the shoulder. Good thing, science.
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-19 10:35:46 AM

Zombie DJ: BLUE THUNDER?


Wrong show, JAFO.
 
2013-03-19 10:46:24 AM
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2013-03-19 10:46:50 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww


No magical exlanation there. It just FLEW... :-)
 
2013-03-19 11:25:42 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww


I still say they should reboot the Dukes of Hazard as a vampire hunters. Set it in the future with a couple of good old boys fighting the Vampire Duke of Hazard in their ancient gas powered car and exploding arrows.
 
2013-03-19 11:33:10 AM

Mikey1969: If they tried to redo Land of the Lost, they'd just fark it all to Hell. Part of its charm is its cheesiness.


Um.......  I hate to tell you.....
 
2013-03-19 11:49:14 AM

Great Porn Dragon: Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?

...ohgod, I thought I was the only person who remembered the pilot for Wishman (I don't think it ever really went BEYOND the pilot, but I do remember it) :D


FINALLY.  Someone else who remembers Wishman. It was 1983, I was 13, and I think the pilot only aired once. You're right, it never went beyond the pilot. I just noticed that Linda Hamilton was in it.
 
2013-03-19 11:51:44 AM

Slaves2Darkness: StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww

I still say they should reboot the Dukes of Hazard as a vampire hunters. Set it in the future with a couple of good old boys fighting the Vampire Duke of Hazard in their ancient gas powered car and exploding arrows.




I started reading that and thought, motherfarker better have some exploding... and there it was.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-19 11:53:35 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Mikey1969: If they tried to redo Land of the Lost, they'd just fark it all to Hell. Part of its charm is its cheesiness.

Um.......  I hate to tell you.....


Hell, that was merely a blip on the radar. I noticed it didn't last very long. I don't think I remember it, but now that you pointed it out, I can't be sure. If I watched it, it would have only been for a few minutes out of curiosity.
 
2013-03-19 12:06:32 PM
www.dvdtalk.com

Too bad we can't revive these pairs.......I mean pair
 
2013-03-19 12:13:26 PM
I can already hear the sci-fi fans furiously fapping.
 
2013-03-19 12:40:15 PM
Loved Sven-Ole Thorrson (sp?) as Tank
 
2013-03-19 12:55:31 PM

Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?


I remember that. It starred the guy from Wrath of Khan.
 
2013-03-19 01:03:23 PM

Dragonflew: Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.

Otherworld?


Yup..that'd be the one!
 
2013-03-19 01:14:43 PM
Had to get this far in before Jessica Steen pics?

i2.listal.com
 
2013-03-19 02:10:32 PM
fark yeah Captain Power
 
2013-03-19 04:20:20 PM
FYI, Captain Power is available for live streaming (legally, too!) on Midnight Pulp, which is available on the Roku box.
 
2013-03-19 04:24:36 PM

adm_crunch: Either that or Misfits of Science.


Awesome show.
 
2013-03-19 05:17:59 PM

Falcon Hunter: Had to get this far in before Jessica Steen pics?

[i2.listal.com image 421x611]


I remember the episode where she died, and I was like "WUT?" when I was a kid.

And then I just watched Robotech instead, way more soap-opera-y.
 
2013-03-19 05:35:45 PM

Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix?


Oh yes.  Would love to see that again.
 
2013-03-19 05:50:13 PM
Let's go back even further:

Savage 1
My Mother The Car
The Second Hundred Years
 
2013-03-19 06:54:22 PM

sullikr: Let's go back even further:

Savage 1
My Mother The Car
The Second Hundred Years




20 years plus of war for the America.
Go U.S.A.
 
2013-03-19 07:53:55 PM

Complicit: Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix?

Oh yes.  Would love to see that again.


First show I thought of when I saw the headline.
 
2013-03-19 09:20:20 PM
PWEEOW! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH!
www.clownantics.com
PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH!
 
2013-03-19 09:21:55 PM

antron: No love for:

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Nor ever there should be. That show was a disappointing p,o.s.
 
2013-03-19 09:23:26 PM
All this way down the thread and no one but me remembers Starman: the tv series?

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2013-03-19 09:28:09 PM

TV's Vinnie: All this way down the thread and no one but me remembers Starman: the tv series?

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"What a pisser."
 
2013-03-19 09:47:56 PM
Long forgotten MY ASS!

Captain Power farking ruled.
 
2013-03-20 01:19:51 AM
www.dvdizzy.com

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.
 
2013-03-20 01:32:27 AM

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.



Oh, man, I loved that show as a geeky 12-year-old.

/the faint stirrings in my loins for Phineas Bogg were kinda nice, too
//my son's name is now Phineas
 
2013-03-20 03:46:26 AM

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.


That, and the lead actor accidentally blew his bits of his skull into his brain with a prop gun and died a few years later. I was surprised to find out that the kid actor on the show was the half-brother of the girl that played Punky Brewster.
 
2013-03-20 04:02:50 PM

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.


it was cheesy as all hell but one of the better non-who time travel shows.

The other show I would l would like to see get another crack is

Otherworld.
 
2013-03-20 09:44:17 PM

onzmadi: frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

Otherworld.


I was just thinking that.
 
2013-03-21 12:39:43 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: FuryOfFirestorm: For a show designed to sell toys, Captain Power was well written, ahead of it's time and dealt with mature themes such as war, death and free will. The only reason it didn't last very long is because "super early time slot + expensive production costs + low toy sales = cancellation". JMS had half of the second season all planned out before it was canned, so hopefully we'll get to see the material from his unused scripts in the reboot.

Agreed. As much as I remember of it, having been like 8 at the time, the actual plots of the episodes were pretty good; certainly way better than Power Rangers or any of the crap that was on in the 90s.  The series ended with their base being invaded, and one of the pilots, cornered and injured sacrificing herself to activate the self-destruct after everyone else had escaped. The action bits where you were supposed to use the toy were of course pretty simplistic, but looked a lot better than most video games we had at the time, even if they were short and never changed.    I had two or three of the VHS tapes and I got to the point of doing perfect runs without even trying.

   As I recall the toy/game was pretty simple, like most 80s electronic toys; it worked sort of like duck hunt or any other "light gun" game.  The toy started with 5 "power points" and everytime you show a target on screen, you gained a point and any time the toy detected a hit you lost 1 (or maybe more).  The problem was it topped out at like 25 points and then you'd have to reset it, which could happen several times per action sequence once you got good at it.

  I think it would be a tricky show to modernize now though.  Any interactive toy would have to be pretty advanced to please kids of today, and probably too expensive to sell much as a result.  I actually think its the sort of thing that could work as episodic content on systems like WiiU or XBox 360, but it would probably cost too much per episode to produce and sell that way unless they ...


They tried something similar with the first season or so of WB's The Batman, using a technique called "Video Encoded Invisible Light" or V.E.I.L.  It would activate a kid's "BatWave" toys at certain points in the show.  But, it reminded some of Capt. Power, and the mistaken impression that you had to have the toys to make sense of the show from back then.
 
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