Science Fiction was everywhere in the late 70’s. Star Trek was still going strong in syndication and Star Wars was on the minds of most of the planets youth who had it in their local theaters. There are two shows in particular of which cap off the Sci-Fi vibes of that era… Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers of the 25th Century. Both shows were helmed by Glen Larson and shared some of the sound effects, and a few other things.
The two programs share a few parallels. Both had pilot episode arcs that were released in the theaters, and they both had continuations that were less popular, to be kind, than the original seasons. BSG and BRit25th were part of my weekly watching habits. I really loved both and enjoyed how different they were from each other. Being eight and nine when each was released, I had some serious crush material on BSG, and a focused crush on BR in the form of Erin Grey.
I only had two Battlestar toys, a Viper and the Interstellar Probe, and the only Buck Rogers toy I had was a set of army men style figures and ships.
I also had a Buck Rogers tin wastepaper can and a coloring book. The only other Battlestar Galactica merch I owned were a few Marvel Comics. While I loved these shows, they were still no Star Wars, and that’s where I focus my play attention. The years leading up to The Empire Strikes Back will always be my favorite era for Star Wars and the products that were released during that time.
So, it’s a new year and how do we begin every new year… with an old movie of course! Today we are watching Disney’s the Black Hole again. The House of Mouse’s non sequitur answer to Star Wars. I find it odd that I love to revisit this film every now and then. You see… I don’t really like it. Yeah. I know. It’s roughly the same pace as Star Trek the Motion Picture, which I adore, but the ending really is too odd. I mean, is it any odder than a first officer combining with an old probe from Earth that had been augmented by a machine-based alien lifeform? Well, when I put it that way, no. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about this movie, and I am happy that it exists, but the ending is just something that I cannot abide. Doc does not abide. Yet here we are. Watching the Black Hole again. Let us celebrate the greatness of this Captain Nemo in Space, meets Dante’s Inferno for what it is… mostly a good time.
I don’t have space for Hot Toys, nor do I have the money to purchase them, but they just seem to be getting better and better as time goes on. They’ve perfectly captured Sam Jackson’s stoic visage and I am here for it. Mace Windu is probably my favorite Jedi from the prequels. He has a commanding presence, and an even temperament. The 2003 novel Shatterpoint, centers around Mace Windu and delves deeper into the character.\
Miss Ukraine’s ‘Warrior of Light’
This costume took four months to build, under conditions that many would have just given up. I feel like “beauty pageants” are a bit passe, but I would be down for cosplay pageants. She looks marvelous in this outfit, in any outfit really, and I bet that she can bring hope to her country by representing it is such a fierce and badass fasion.