Mon, 13 September 2021
TV in the 70's had its share of Sci-Fi even before Star Wars. Some of it may have been cheesy and kitschy, but it was loads of fun! Jay and Shua find a treasure trove of Disco-ey science fiction and don their sparkly bell bottoms on Enjoy Stuff
Did you grow up in the 70’s? If so, you probably watched more Sci-Fi on TV than you remember. If you didn’t, you gotta listen to us explain what inspired the great stuff we have today!
-A cool dad make his kid a homemade Star Tours in their garage!
-Get ready for a bunch of GameBoy games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online
-The Matrix 4 gets a mind-blowing trailer
What we’re Enjoying
Star Trek: Lower Decks has beamed its way into Shua’s heart. This series may be a parody, but it honors all the Trek shows with references and care. Check it out on Paramount+. Jay has been watching some Jackie Chan flicks. Supercop was the third in a series of Chan films that showcased his stunt work and karate ability. Oh wait, they all did that...
Sci-Fi has been around for generations. And it really gathered some steam after Star Wars came out in 1977. But there certainly was some interesting stuff on television in the early 70’s. Saturday mornings had some great kid-centered cartoons like Sealab 2020, but Sid and Marty Krofft had some live action classics like Land of the Lost, The Lost Saucer, and the wacky Far Out Space Nuts.
Ark II and Jason of Star Command used a slightly bigger budget to enhance their effects, but they had their share of kitsch too. As kids, we didn’t care. We loved the imaginative adventures.
In syndication, we got some anime like Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Star Trek the Animated Series kept the Trek Dream alive.
Prime time TV kept trying to figure out exactly what Sci-Fi was with early showings such as Land of the Giants, Space: 1999, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the Bionic Woman. But as George Lucas unleashed his vision upon the world, the later 70’s showed us Sci-Fi juxtaposed in just about every genre of TV entertainment.
Comedies like Mork and Mindy and Quark kept us laughing. Hour long cinematic stories like Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, and Buck Rogers experimented with episodic drama mixed with cheesy 70’s humor and music.
There were so many different shows to choose from! And it helped keep us involved and inspired to create all we have today.
Do you think 70’s Sci-Fi is groovy? Let us know in the Discord channel or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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