I’ve been watching ME.tv occasionally.
They have all the shows from my childhood.
Back in stone age we didn’t have the ability to record TV shows. So if you had family stuff and weren’t home at 8PM sharp you’d miss such classics as Lost In Space or Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
As a kid I looked forward to Lost in Space every week.
As an adult…
Is it me or were the Robinson family the absolute WORST drivers in the Universe? I mean how many times did they crash that poor ship?
My parents didn’t let me watch Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. I know my Dad would watch it sometimes I can remember falling asleep hearing the theme song, and wondering what adventures I was missing.
Watching those shows today is almost painful.
Their concept of computers, and radiation alone was uninformed to say the least. I can’t count the number of times Admiral Nelson was exposed to the Seaview’s core. With that much exposure he probably could have been the core.
The computer I’m writing this blog on, sits in my lap, has a processor board not much larger square, than a pack of cigarettes (of the time) and runs 6 hours on battery.
Considering that these shows were being transmitted into space for 50 years, any planets with life capable of interpreting TV and radio within 50 light years must have put a big red “X” with a caption “Psychotic Apes, don’t go there,” on their maps of our star system.
As I’ve noted, The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 is one of my favorite movies. Not the new one, the original, with Michael Rennie.
One of my favorite quotes is;
It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration.
I’ve often thought that it would be interesting if we received that message on every radio and TV on the planet.
It would certainly give us pause.
It would also answer a couple of questions.
We’re not alone, and we’re not likely to be visited.
None of which, decreases the guilty pleasure of seeing these shows from their imagined future.