Post by dogsnus Post by James "Kibo" Parry
Now you've made me feel really old if I'm the only one here who
remembers NBC's "seaQuest", the show filmed at a _theme park_ in
_Orlando_ with a _marine mammal_ on board a submarine that kept
accidentally going into _outer space_.
I don't remember Seaquest,
Geez, you people are so young. You don't even remember the color re-make?
The one where NBC had to spell it "seaQuest" with a lowercase "s" to
make it legally distinct from the good one?
I understand why the black and white one flopped back on the old
Dumont network, since those 3-D glasses were such a pain to wear.
And you had to send in so many Kellogg's Pep box-tops to get them.
But when they dropped the gimmick and just did it in straight black
and white it was a fine show. Filled up the screen of a Philco Predicta
so nicely. (Philco paid them to make the submarine that shape so
that the show wouldn't work on other brands of TV.)
I didn't like those couple seasons where they changed the title to
"SeaHunt". Just because they fired Robert Stack and replaced him with
Lloyd Bridger as Captain Nathan Bridges was no excuse to go messing
with the title. "Hunt", "Quest", little "s", Roy Scheider with a big "S",
it's all the same to me.
Post by dogsnus
but I do remember some show that had astronauts that got sent back
into time to the caveman days.
Something like "It's About Time". Or something.
"It's About Time Or Something" was the first show to save money by
combining a time-travel science-fiction sitcom with the innovative
interactivity of "Winky Dink And You". They cut costs by only
writing the first half of the episode. Then, Imogene Coca would
turn to the camera and bellow, "We've just travelled in time...
OR SOMETHING! Hey kids, get out your crayons and draw what happens
next!" I always had trouble deciding whether to send in my
Kellogg's Pep box-tops to get the "seaQuest" goggles or the
"It's About Time Or Something" protective plastic tarp that
covered the back and sides of the TV set so that when you drew
on the screen you wouldn't get marks on the woodgrain cabinet.
Post by dogsnus
I can remember the song. "It's about time, it's about space,
it's about time to slap your face"...
That was OUR rendition of it, anyway. (My other 5 siblings and I never
were much of a threat to the Jackson 5 nor to the Osmond's.)
I bet you don't even remember before the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds
split into two separate families. (Glenn from the Village People
was their daddy!)
Sadly, I do actually own
"Winky Dink And You" DVDs,
but it's just not the same
without the special indelible
crayon you were supposed to
use whenever Winky sailed
his boat off the screen
and onto the wall.