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Old 05-19-2009, 07:31 AM
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You know, you bring up a good point: we could sure use more kid's shows that aren't just "whacky cartoons" like "Spongebob." (Nothing wrong with SBSP, he's the funniest thing on TV) But I'd love to see some adventure shows on tv that aren't just kid versions of the adult reality shows. CN is running "kid survivor" and "kid survivorman" and for a while, they were doing "kid junkyard wars"

We need to get some quality live action programming back on the air. Not just Disney's hymns to consumerisim and teen idolotry. Where are the heroes? Where's the adventure? Where's the history?

These days, unless it can sell a crap toy, I guess it's not getting on the air.
I agree with you 110 percent, Fan. The last "heroes" kids had were (that I can remember) "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". However, both of them, as you point out, sold wave after wave of toy-lines. Ever since the days of G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, such shows were considered half-hour toy commercials.

Not so with Jason of Star Command (or even Space Academy). I don't recall a single toy ever being released in support of either of those shows. And God knows how badly I wanted a Starfire and a Dragon Drone Fighter.

Right now, the Land of the Lost (another early 70's live action kids' show) has been remade, but is being turned into a schoolyard humor comedy, instead of the straight up adventure show that I remembered (vaguely) as a child. I still plan on seeing this movie because it does look rather funny (and I dig the chick that's playing Holly)...and it looks like they did a good job with the Sleestaks.

The sad thing about Hollywood wanting to remake some of "those 70's shows" is that the remakes end up turning out to be just that....comedies...self-parodies.

I oughtta try to write some more on my Jason of Star Command reboot. The story is just called "Jason". The idea is that Jason is part of a small group of modified-human super-soldiers that had all but disappeared after a great stellar war. Since he's actually one of the ones who was easily located, he gets called back into service to help deal with the Dragos threat.

Actually, I think it may be lost since my laptop went "CRASH". So, I'll just have to start re-writing it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:23 PM
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Took 'em right out of mine, too... I loved that show!!
I didn't like the new Knight Rider, though, so I'd take a stab at that one, too.
That'd be the only thing that scares me. I had high hopes for the Bionic Woman reboot, and three episodes in I just couldn't get over how bad the writing was. And I never even bothered with the Knight Rider reboot. That looked awful.

If they want to reboot Airwolf get some good writers.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:58 PM
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Yep, Bionic Woman was a disappointment, especially the first 3 episodes (there was evidently a lot of format and storyline changes in thos first few, leading to some big inconsistencies). Though it did settle down after those first 3/4 and was starting to get watchable by the end.

I kinda think if the writers strike hadn't forced a 'rest' it might have gotten to a full season and improved even more.

Bad timing!
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:18 PM
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Sliders, that show about the parallel Earths. Very cool idea for a show, but the writing was usually terrible. I was always annoyed by how they screwed up what was a good premise.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:57 PM
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Sliders, that show about the parallel Earths. Very cool idea for a show, but the writing was usually terrible. I was always annoyed by how they screwed up what was a good premise.
As well. Still, I loved the show. Haven't thought about it for years.
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:57 AM
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space 1999? how?
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:43 AM
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I know how I'd re-boot "1999": I'd skip the whole "blasted out of orbit" BS, and instead have Moonbase Alpha almost self-sufficient... but then war breaks out on Earth, and the population of MBA is stranded... and has to survive with the supplies they have for the foreseeable future... and some VERY difficult decisions have to be made... otherwise it's going to be Rapa Noui all over again.
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The Six Million Dollar Man, if they based it upon the original trilogy of books. Steve Austin in the novels was not the nicest person. Would make for a great film, or series of them.
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The Six Million Dollar Man, if they based it upon the original trilogy of books. Steve Austin in the novels was not the nicest person. Would make for a great film, or series of them.
I didn't know there was a trilogy. I've only read the first, Cyborg. Were the others written by Caiden?
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I didn't know there was a trilogy. I've only read the first, Cyborg. Were the others written by Caiden?
Here they are.
Martin Caidin's Cyborg series of novels Cyborg (1972) | Operation Nuke (1973) | High Crystal (1974) | Cyborg IV (1975)
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