December 28, 2008

EVEN THE GREAT TIM THOMERSON COULDN'T SAVE THIS ONE...:

A Space Garbage Man and His Eclectic Crew (FRANK DECARO, 12/28/08, NY Times)

“STAR WARS” littered pop culture of the late 1970s with a galaxy of space junk. Television’s two most infamous examples were “The Star Wars Holiday Special,” a deranged two-hour extravaganza from 1978 featuring Bea Arthur, Art Carney and Harvey Korman, and a much shorter but no-less-cracked 1977 takeoff from “Donny and Marie.” This one featured those two musical siblings dressed as Luke and Leia, Kris Kristofferson doing his best Han Solo work, Redd Foxx in full “Sanford & Son” mode playing Obi-Wan Kenobi and an embittered Paul Lynde singing the Broadway hit “Come Back to Me” to a rocket ship.

Chorus girls in imperial storm trooper masks? Even R2-D2 looked embarrassed.

These appealingly tasteless artifacts live on in bits and pieces on YouTube, waiting for the unlikely day that the Force — that is, the seemingly unamused George Lucas — lets them see the light of DVD. Until then there is “Quark: The Complete Series,” Buck Henry’s failed outer space sitcom, whose recent release on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was greeted largely with disbelief — although not displeasure — by cult TV aficionados, who never imagined the day would come.


The off chance that are among the signals an alien culture might intercept is sufficient reason to be thankful for Fermi's Paradox.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2008 8:12 AM
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