The Absolute Nadir Of 1970s TV

May 18, 2007

Chuck McCann called it “illustrated radio.”

He might have been generous! For dramatic radio never sounded this bad!

Prepare for the ultimate horror: Star Trek turned into a cartoon by those hacks of Filmation!!

YouTube videos:

STAR TREK CARTOON 1973 TAS “Yesteryear” PART 1
STAR TREK CARTOON 1973 TAS “Yesteryear” PART 2
STAR TREK CARTOON 1973 TAS “Yesteryear” PART 3

While we Americans were being humiliated and exploited by Filmation, over in Japan they were doing real animation:

Yuusha Raideen Opening jap
— there is more animation in those opening titles than an entire episode of the Filmation crap above!

Previously in this blog:
Japan: Cool Triumphs

Rod Serling Interviewed By Mike Wallace

May 18, 2007

YouTube video:

Rod Serling – Interview Pt 1
Rod Serling – Interview Pt 2

This is an interview of Rod Serling by Mike Wallace in 1959.

One of my gods. One of the three greatest and immortal television dramatists.

In Japan, TV In The 1970s Wasn’t Much Better!

May 18, 2007

Oh my god.

Spider-Man and a giant robot!!!

Japanese SPIDERMAN / SPIDER-MAN Nipón !!!!!!!! 1978 Marvel — YouTube video

Previously in this blog:
This Is How Bad TV Was In The 1970s!

This Is How Bad TV Was In The 1970s!

May 18, 2007

Oh my god.

From the theme. To the face of the star. To Spider-Man wearing — why? why? why? — a white belt.

The nation was rotting from drugs. And TV reflected that. The TV producers all had to be high to produce such blatant shit.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) – OPENING 1 — YouTube video

Twilight Zone Mashup

May 18, 2007

A Kind of Stopwatch Time Warp — YouTube video

The classic Twilight Zone episode, A Kind of Stopwatch, which originally aired on October 18, 1963, is condensed into just over 3 minutes and put to the music of Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Some Dennis Potter Links

May 18, 2007

Carpe diem

Phillip Adams’s latest column in the Weekend Australian (12 May 07) is a superb comment on the famed interview between Melvin Bragg and Dennis Potter.

Rupert, MySpace and Dennis Potter

Whenever you think of Rupert Murdoch do you almost always think of Dennis Potter?

Blossom photo — flickr

Reality or Nothing

Dennis Potter — uncyclopedia link

The Grammar School in Coleford that Dennis Potter Attended — flickr

Religious Irony and Freudian Rationalism in Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986)

The Singing Detective (1986)

Potter’s works have provoked disgust in the more easily shockable segments of the British public

The truth is outrageous not Dennis Potter — flickr

Legions of the Fall

CBS’ new show, Viva Laughlin, is described as a mystery drama with music. Was anybody thinking Cop Rock when that show was first announced.

Of course they were. But I hope a few, like me, were also thinking Pennies From Heaven, the brilliant British series from Dennis Potter, perhaps the finest TV writer ever, particularly since the show is based on a British Import.

Russell T Davies Bafta Award (Presented By David Tennant) — YouTube

At this years’ BAFTAs, David Tennant, currently the lead of BBC1’s Doctor Who, presented the Dennis Potter award to ‘his boss’, scriptwriter Russell T Davies. Russell is a great writer in my opinion too! :)

Clenched Fists: The Official Dennis Potter Website
— this is a true labor of love. The person who originated it died, yet the site is kept alive.

Now You Know Why The Chosen Are Few

May 18, 2007

Harder to Believe Than Not To — YouTube video

From Steve Taylor’s I Predict 1990 album.

“The song takes its title from a line found in the collected letters of Flannery O’Connor, acclaimed short-story writer and novelist from Georgia. Her literary friends in New York had a hard time believing that a writer of her caliber could profess to be something as common and unfashionable as a Christian. She reacts in her letter to the criticism that Christianity’s primary function is as a crutch for the weak-spirited, writing how they don’t understand the cost involved in following Jesus, that ‘it’s much harder to believe than not to believe.’

“The quote stuck. The cost of discipleship–the ideal of taking up your cross everyday and following Jesus–makes it hard to believe, because Christianity demands things from us that we don’t naturally want to give. In the words of playwrite Dennis Potter, ‘There is, in the end, no such thing as a simple faith.'” [From the liner notes of “Now The Truth Can Be Told.”]

A beautiful song.

I post this to make a point.

It really gets under my skin the nonchalant way people claim to be “Christians.” There are very, very, very few true followers of Christ in this world. In your lifetime, you might not run into a single one.

Anyone with any real reading comprehension skills can see that to follow Christ is to lead a life of self-denial and misery on this earth. Christ was falsely accused, scourged, ridiculed, and executed. To follow him is to really follow him — in other words, to ultimately meet his same fate.

Those of you who think you’d be willing to do so are deluding yourselves. Peter denied him three times — and Peter knew who Christ was firsthand. Those of you so far removed from Peter’s experience are going around with some cartoon perversion of Christ in your heads, not the firsthand experience of seeing God made flesh.

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. — Matthew 26:75

If Peter could deny following Christ, so will you.

As for me, my position is that if there is a God, he’ll damn well have to come here and take over things before I believe.

Or obey.

Previously in this blog:
Oh, So You Lot Who Write Tech Don’t Know Truth? Here’s What It Looks Like.
Damn. I Wish I’d Thought Of It!
Death, Do Your Duty!
Like You Think Adults Who Eagerly Volunteer To Wear Pinstripes Daily Would Understand?
Compassionate Conservatism My Goddam Ass!
Fag Beasts And Bloody Flags
Run For Your Life. This Is A Real Person!
God Bless This Guy!
“What If You Support Fags? What Does That Make You?”
The Original Sin. No, Wait. The ONLY Sin!
God Almighty, Are Your Followers All Fucking Insane?!!?
The Three Words “Christian” Fascists Never Utter
Healthy, Immortal Chinese To Conquer Sick, Dying World
And Then There Were None
Losing My Religion
Oh. This Is Good.
Good Thing It’s Not Called The Wii-Wii
The Homo Fag Queer We All Owe

Remind Me To Kill You For Sending Me This Link!

May 18, 2007

Misery loves company, so I share this with the rest of you.

Fat exercise — YouTube video

I’ll throw up if I watch it ever again…