Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Captain's bLog: 1023.12

•  Hard to believe I haven't posted one of these "Captain's bLog" entries since August. I know that posting's been a bit light over the last two months, as well. Hopefully, with luck, my productivity will increase a bit in the coming months, and I'll be able to finish up some of the posts I've slowly been working on. I've also somehow neglected to post any new "Space Babes" since August, but I've got a great choice already picked out for November. Stay tuned!

•  Check This Out: The Super Saturday Short-Lived Show Showcase blog (which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like) is currently running episode-by-episode reviews of the Richard Benjamin sci-fi comedy series, Quark. Bloggers Anthony Williams and Noel Thingvall are watching the show for the first time and sharing their opinions of each episode on a weekly basis. It's a cool site, and well worth checking out.

I'm really enjoying their reviews and encourage them to take a whack at a few other short-lived Space: 1970 favorites in the future, like The Fantastic Journey, The Phoenix, and Salvage I. Of course, as none of those shows are commercially available on home video, that might prove a little difficult...

•  New on DVD: The two big 70's genre DVD releases for October are: 1.) the wide release (after a couple months as a Best Buy exclusive) of the second season of The Six Million Dollar Man, which hit shelves a couple weeks ago, and 2.) the complete Filmation live-action Shazam! Saturday morning series, from Warner Archive, which went on sale this week.

I hope to get my hands on the Shazam! discs shortly, and when I do, I'll definitely be reviewing them here at Space: 1970.

As for The Six Million Dollar Man S2 set, I picked it up at Best Buy a month or so ago. If you haven't bought it yet, here's a handy Amazon Link: The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2

•  Blatant Cross-Promotion: And here's my usual shameless plug: anyone who enjoys my writing and reviews on this blog  should check out my DVD Late Show site, where I have been reviewing B-movies, cult films and genre television shows on DVD and Blu-ray disc since 2005. Among the over 700 reviews on the site are plenty of Space: 1970-era favorites, like Battle Beyond The Stars, Damnation Alley, Starcrash, The Starlost, the Space: 1999 Blu-rays, and many more.


  1. LOVE 'Quark', watching reruns about it again this last week.

    Do you know how HARD it is to find any Richard Kelton stills on eBay..?? Ficus was the best character ever, his scenes with Rich Benjamin were the best. It's so heartbreaking to hear about his passing only months after this show ended.

    It was surreal to see him playing a thug in an old Charlie's Angels episode last year.

  2. It's funny how I once thought Quark was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Plus those twins in the high boots...they had me at hello. I am so glad I am a much more sophisticated viewer these days. That being said, I think I need to watch me some Starcrash.

  3. I recall it being lame when I watched it, painfully so because I really was rooting for better stories.

    WHAT GREAT POTENTIAL it had. The Betty's were alright, but they had way too much focus on them (seeing it came during the 'jiggle-craze' on television, it's obviously not surprising..).

    I preferred the dry humor scenes with Benjamin and Kelton the best, especially when Quark looks at the camera and laments losing an argument about love 'to a plant'..


  4. Thank you so much for plugging the Showcase. As a regular follower of your blogs (I don't comment often because I don't have much direct 70s scifi knowledge and a lot of what I've learned in recent years about it has been from you), it's a great honor.

    The Phoenix and The Fantastic Journey are definitely on our "interested, pending availability" list, alongside stuff like Gemini Man, Powers of Matthew Star, and Search. We're also going to start interspersing series with pilots that were never picked up, including Roddenberry's 70s stuff and City Beneath the Sea. Salvage 1 actually lasted 2 seasons, so doesn't qualify. Though I do want to give it a watch regardless.

    We're dipping back into the 80s after Quark, but other 70s scifi we'll definitely cover are the live-action Filmation shows, Invisible Man, Man from Atlantis, and Starlost.

    Thank you again for the kind words, Mr. Mills. :)