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Buck Rogers In The 25th Century

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:15 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Now on ME TV network.

This looks like the Pilot Episode of the series.


Although a bit cheezy, this was an important foray in the development of Sci Fi TV, at a time when there were slim Pickens. I don't think there were any other Space or Future themed shows within years of this one.


I'm not sure if I've seen the show much since the original broadcasts. I mostly recall being irritated by the horrendous music. The worst form of electronica.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:50 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Well, the shows must have been remastered, to look this clear on big screen HD TV.

The standards of nudity for 70s TV certainly did not have in mind Digital playback capabilities.

And there is sound in the vacuum of Space.

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Monday, September 10, 2018 12:43 PM

IMNOTHERE


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Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Well, the shows must have been remastered, to look this clear on big screen HD TV.



I believe that (like the original Battlestar Galactica - you may notice some passing similarities in production :-) ) the pilot was originally released in cinemas in some regions - so it would have been produced to a higher standard than required for TV.

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The standards of nudity for 70s TV certainly did not have in mind Digital playback capabilities.


Ah... I remember the effect of Erin Gray's spray-on jumpsuits on fellow teenagers back in the day...

As for the music - be afraid, very afraid - there's a version with lyrics... I heard it somewhere recently and I'm trying to remember where...

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Monday, September 10, 2018 2:50 PM

MOOSE


Theatrical opening credits, with lyrics



Not in HD, unfortunately.
The show got the bluray treatment a few years ago.
Loved the show when I was a kid, I’m pretty sure I started puberty a few years early because of Erin Gray and Pamela Hensley.

Yeah, that period did seem to be a dark time for TV SciFi. Only other show I can immediately think of without Googling is Battlestar Galactica and that was only 1 season. (We don’t talk about Galactica 1980, right?)

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:17 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
Theatrical opening credits, with lyrics



Not in HD, unfortunately.
The show got the bluray treatment a few years ago.
Loved the show when I was a kid, I’m pretty sure I started puberty a few years early because of Erin Gray and Pamela Hensley.

Yeah, that period did seem to be a dark time for TV SciFi. Only other show I can immediately think of without Googling is Battlestar Galactica and that was only 1 season. (We don’t talk about Galactica 1980, right?)

IIRC the costumes for Erin were trying to copy the effect of Logan's Run - when Jenny wasn't nekkid.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:15 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Holy cow.
Markie Post running braless in those flimsy skimpy skintight outfits. I've forgotten what TV of 1979 was like.

Many episodes in, the resolution or remastering is still quite impressive.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018 8:22 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Holy cow.
Markie Post running braless in those flimsy skimpy skintight outfits. I've forgotten what TV of 1979 was like.

Many episodes in, the resolution or remastering is still quite impressive.



You forgot about topless women in Clash of the Titans (1981).

That was rated PG.

Think of all of the violence and other bullshit that can be crammed into a movie that is rated for kids to see today, but flash a nipple and "Mothers Against Anything Fun" lose their freakin' minds.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, October 27, 2018 1:36 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Holy cow.
Markie Post running braless in those flimsy skimpy skintight outfits. I've forgotten what TV of 1979 was like.

Many episodes in, the resolution or remastering is still quite impressive.


You forgot about topless women in Clash of the Titans (1981).

That was rated PG.

Think of all of the violence and other bullshit that can be crammed into a movie that is rated for kids to see today, but flash a nipple and "Mothers Against Anything Fun" lose their freakin' minds.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

TV was different from movies. Farrah's nipple in Charlie's Angels wasn't even noticeable except on playback. Although that episode Angels in Chains was sufficiently titillating that it got something like a 70% share, and Aaron Spelling reportedly said to just keep rerunning that episode every week until the share dropped down to 40%.

For movies, I felt a nekkid Jacqueline Bisset in Airport was interesting for a G-Rating.

I don't recall seeing Markie in action before. She was always so trussed up in Night Court.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:05 PM

MOOSE


Markie was part of the cast in The Fall Guy. Don’t remember much about what she did, but I do remember one episode with a rather nice bikini.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:26 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Tonight was a pretty cool episode.
Peter Graves, Robert Quarry, Woody Strode, Eddie Firestone, Robert Hardy.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 2:29 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
Markie was part of the cast in The Fall Guy. Don’t remember much about what she did, but I do remember one episode with a rather nice bikini.

Did you know this about The Fall Guy?
IIRC, during the length of the series, Lee Majors was able to arrange for every stuntman & woman in the guild to do a stunt on the show. Including some 97 year old guy.

I believe Lee had a great appreciation for stuntwork because on his prior series, The Six Million Dollar Man, he had to do a large amount of his own stunts if they involved bionics, because of the need for the slow-motion close-ups.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 9:41 PM

MOOSE


I didn’t know that. Pretty cool.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:53 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


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I didn’t know that. Pretty cool.

I think Majors said it was one of his proudest accomplishments.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:58 AM

AURAPTOR

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Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Well, the shows must have been remastered, to look this clear on big screen HD TV.

The standards of nudity for 70s TV certainly did not have in mind Digital playback capabilities.

.



Oh ? Care to share a screen shot ?

* ETA *

Original opening -- what in the actual hell ?? OMG, I don't think that was played more than once, or if it ever made it to air. I don't remember any of that, and as a teenager, that opening was clearly made for me !

I just remember the shorter version, w/ the time tunnel effect and the more ' Loveboat ' style of showing the cast of characters. Man, Erin Gray was smoke.

Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen

I'm just a red pill guy in a room full of blue pill addicts.

" AU, that was great, LOL!! " - Chrisisall

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 1:32 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Well, the shows must have been remastered, to look this clear on big screen HD TV.

The standards of nudity for 70s TV certainly did not have in mind Digital playback capabilities.
.


Oh ? Care to share a screen shot ?

* ETA *

Original opening -- what in the actual hell ?? OMG, I don't think that was played more than once, or if it ever made it to air. I don't remember any of that, and as a teenager, that opening was clearly made for me !

I just remember the shorter version, w/ the time tunnel effect and the more ' Loveboat ' style of showing the cast of characters. Man, Erin Gray was smoke.

Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen

I'm just a red pill guy in a room full of blue pill addicts.

" AU, that was great, LOL!! " - Chrisisall

Care to share a screen shot of what you're talking about? I haven't been able to catch it all. Last night was the planet of only women, when they auctioned off Buck to horny women.

Much horseriding, on a Foreign planet, in a Sci-Fi show. I don't recall seeing so much braless horseriding in a while.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:24 PM

MOOSE


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:

Original opening -- what in the actual hell ?? OMG, I don't think that was played more than once, or if it ever made it to air. I don't remember any of that, and as a teenager, that opening was clearly made for me !

I just remember the shorter version, w/ the time tunnel effect and the more ' Loveboat ' style of showing the cast of characters. Man, Erin Gray was smoke.



The original opening was for the theatrical version of the pilot, which was released in theatres months before the series premiered.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:50 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:
Original opening -- what in the actual hell ?? OMG, I don't think that was played more than once, or if it ever made it to air. I don't remember any of that, and as a teenager, that opening was clearly made for me !

I just remember the shorter version, w/ the time tunnel effect and the more ' Loveboat ' style of showing the cast of characters. Man, Erin Gray was smoke.


The original opening was for the theatrical version of the pilot, which was released in theatres months before the series premiered.

At some point it felt like a copy of 007 credit intro. But then I realized this is where the Playboy Video template began.

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Monday, November 12, 2018 12:11 AM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:

The original opening was for the theatrical version of the pilot, which was released in theatres months before the series premiered.




Seems a bit weird, but then, the 70's were weird AF.

And I can certainly see the James Bond type of vibe they were going for, though those girls were usually silhouettes, as I recall, and not the actual characters from the show.

Imagine the women of Firefly posing like that, in the opening credits...



Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen

I'm just a red pill guy in a room full of blue pill addicts.

" AU, that was great, LOL!! " - Chrisisall

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Monday, November 12, 2018 4:27 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:
Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
The original opening was for the theatrical version of the pilot, which was released in theatres months before the series premiered.


Seems a bit weird, but then, the 70's were weird AF.

And I can certainly see the James Bond type of vibe they were going for, though those girls were usually silhouettes, as I recall, and not the actual characters from the show.

Imagine the women of Firefly posing like that, in the opening credits...



Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen

I'm just a red pill guy in a room full of blue pill addicts.

" AU, that was great, LOL!! " - Chrisisall

Regarding cinematic release, maybe they were trying to get the jump on Star Trek, TMP.
At the time, this would have been the stellar production of SciFi, after Star Trek TV, Star Wars, maybe Planet of The Apes. Charlie's Angels had already amped up the titillation factor.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:43 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Tonight was episode 9, with Gary Coleman, Ray Walston (3 years before Mr Hand), Albert Popwell. Coleman asked for his spaceship costume and he later wore it on his other show.

They keep copying music from other series, I heard Charlie's Angels transition segue tonight.

Erin Gray is not only attractive, but keeps reminding me how wonderful the hairstyles of the 70s were. I guess now this hair would be referred to as Texas style. But it is so much hotter than the mops of the past few decades.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 5:48 PM

MOOSE


I got the Season 1 Blurays as a present. I watched the first disc of episodes yesterday, and I just have to say that they did a wonderful job remastering it. I’m thinking they wouldn’t have gotten away with some of the outfits if there was HD back then. Wowza. I’m not sure if I’ll get season 2 because I really hated the direction it took the show.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 9:11 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
I got the Season 1 Blurays as a present. I watched the first disc of episodes yesterday, and I just have to say that they did a wonderful job remastering it. I’m thinking they wouldn’t have gotten away with some of the outfits if there was HD back then. Wowza. I’m not sure if I’ll get season 2 because I really hated the direction it took the show.

I saw a clip of an episode with Erin in another slinky top, maybe green, and it was wet, like massive humidity.
It made me wonder if there had ever been Wet T-shirt Contests before, or if they were inspired by her in this episode. I really don't know the answer.

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Friday, January 4, 2019 1:17 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
I got the Season 1 Blurays as a present. I watched the first disc of episodes yesterday, and I just have to say that they did a wonderful job remastering it. I’m thinking they wouldn’t have gotten away with some of the outfits if there was HD back then. Wowza. I’m not sure if I’ll get season 2 because I really hated the direction it took the show.

Do you think they added titillation during the remastering process? Or just faithfully reproduced it?

The Jiggle Factor was still in big back then, Charlie's Angels had already had nip slips, Three's Company had lots of eye candy. Buck Rogers was just conforming to the norm. Logan's Run seemed to be the costume template.


I mostly notice how much sound effects they copied from Charlie's Angels and Bionics.

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Monday, January 7, 2019 6:01 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Happy Birthday to Erin Gray.

And thanks to her for appearing on Battle of the Network Stars.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 2:30 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Holy cow.
Markie Post running braless in those flimsy skimpy skintight outfits. I've forgotten what TV of 1979 was like.

Many episodes in, the resolution or remastering is still quite impressive.

Some fans of Firefly may have never lived through the 70s and 80s. And many of us may have difficulty gauging accurately the level of clarity from that time, from recollection.

But now on ME TV they are showing such blurfests as Night Court and many others. A fairly drastic comparison. No wonder The Jiggle Factor was so big.

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