Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for July 27th, 2019: The Forbidden Planet & Crappy TV Reception Edition

Saturday night.

I'm trying to catch up on some entries.

I'm home tonight watching the Saturday night MeTV super sci-fi lineup. The Svengoolie hosted monster movie was the true sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.

"Forbidden Planet" is a 1956 American science fiction film, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox, that stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen. Shot in Eastmancolor and CinemaScope, it is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, a precursor of contemporary science fiction cinema.

The characters and isolated setting have been compared to those in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the plot contains certain analogues to the play.

"Forbidden Planet" pioneered several aspects of science fiction cinema. It was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space, far away from Earth.

The Robby the Robot character is one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical "tin can" on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is an integral supporting character in the film. Outside science fiction, the film was groundbreaking as the first of any genre to use an entirely electronic musical score, courtesy of Bebe and Louis Barron.

"Forbidden Planet's" effects team was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 29th Academy Awards. In 2013, the picture was entered into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The Star Trek: TOS episode was "Errand of Mercy" -- quite an interesting episode that basically portrays the Federation and the Klingon Empire as equally developmentally primitive and morally equivalent, which is a startling message for its time.

The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode was "Planet of the Amazon Women" -- which, I guess, speaks to a certain zeitgeist of that show. And The Invaders -- such a bizarre show -- is the episode "Storm."

My main issue, as ever, is my digital antenna reception for this particular channel (a subchannel of WTTG) is pure shit, interrupted constantly with pixelations, freeze frames, loss of sound (plus the occasional big jump in volume), and even loss of signal outright. And forget it if a (police) helicopter goes over head.

The shit reception happens in waves -- reaching a sort of crescendo, at which point I'm moving the TV and that damn digital antenna pad around the room -- and then suddenly improves, only to do it all over again.

Atmospheric conditions aside, I think part of it is that WTTG just sucks in how it broadcasts it.

Other local stations come in far better.

Maybe the Sue Palka-cabra has something to do it.

There she is …


I need to do my laundry, but I'm also very tired and sorta just want to go to sleep. For tomorrow, I should probably go to the gym since I've been remiss in that the past week.


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