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26 May 2007 @ 04:16 pm
80s sci fi is odd  

Sci Fi UK is having a UK sci fi weekend right now (btw - Ultraviolet starts at 6.50pm, if you watch it on Sci Fi + you can catch it after Doctor Who, it seriously is worth it. If you're in the US and caught the pilot of the US version - it sucks. The UK version is so dark and bleak.... it is so worth looking out for. I have it on DVD and watch it quite often.)

But right now the channel is showing "Day Of The Triffids". It's... odd. I flunked an English assignment in third year and was relegated to the foundation class for a rotation, this was the class that studied 'Day of the Triffids'. I missed that rotation (although my rotation in that class was 'Buddy's Song', the book that essentially launched Chesney Hawkes' one-hit-wonder career). I've never read the book. I've always been quite snobbish and seen it as somehow 'beneath me'. But I can't be arsed changing the channel right now and dude.... this is kinda freaky! Was everyone working in TV in the early-to-mid-80s on crack?!


So anyways, I'm no further on with my essay because bizarre 80s sci-fi is eating my brain.

But I did make icons.

Current Mood: stressedantsy
Current Music: Day of the Triffids on Sci Fi...
liz_marcsliz_marcs on May 26th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD!

The British version of "Day of the Triffids" freaked. me. out.

A bunch of my friends had to read the book for a "Literature of Science Fiction" class when I was at university, and the book is actually really good. In fact, if you saw the crappy U.S. Z-grade movie, it was actually shocking how good the book was.

Anyway, the reason why PBS-Boston was showing it was because it was part of its Sunday night sci-fi pack (PBS-Boston used to show all kinds of British science fiction imports). To make a long story short, a friend of mine was a huge Blake's 7 fan (I think she was even a BNF at one point). Anyway, she decided that she was going to make us love this show. Since PBS-Boston had started showing it from the beginning, we were invited to attend the weekly showings. Right after Blake's 7, they showed Day of the Triffids.

I'm pretty sure that stupid series gave me nightmares. In my defense, they showed it at 11:30 p.m. Sundays, so it was usually the last thing I saw before I toddled off to bed.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
From watching this I completely understand why it would be nightmare induing! (aside from the dodgy beards and ever-so-slightly-wooden acting!). It's genuinly... bleak. I think that's probably the right word for it, there's no sense that everything will turn out for the best here, it's a case of 'the world's screwed up, now what?'. Why is it that Brit Sci-Fi seems to push that dystopian view better than anything else I've seen? (*is in no way thinking of the cartoon of "When the Wind Blows" which still haunts me*)
tessarintessarin on May 26th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I love the Day of the Triffids have it on Dvd because I tried taping the scifi one but kept missing the end. Yep wonderfully bleak.

The follow up novels are slightly odd but worth checking out. Bit like a cross of Triffids and Land of the dead.

Lot of the stuff of the time probably is dark like this , survivors or Blakes 7 and Edge of Darkness.

And whatever happened to John Duttine ?
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
I have to say - this channel knows its market, because right now I'm so damn intrigued by this show that I want to see more! (they're moving on to Invasion Earth soon so I guess they'll be showing more next week?)

I also have to wonder at my choldhood spent watching the A-Team and Knight Rider when I could have been watching this!
tessarintessarin on May 26th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
For some reason I seem to be watching endless John Wayne movies this weekend.:-)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//adrianne laugh - mewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Well, since it would have been The Duke's 100 birthday - I think you could be forgiven for that.

(but I'm quite happy watching obscure and slightly cheesy sci fi....)
omegaromegar on May 26th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
i am on the other hand watching Top Gear Re-runs on UKTV G2

I look forward to the episode where they make fun of my new car.

That and waffling about an election while waiting for the Dyer to finish.

and i am sure that they are playing Hedwigs theme while talking about a Honda.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//metallicar - iamnotkriswhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
oooo - the petrolhead in me now wants to change channel even though I've seen Top Gear a zillion times!
omegaromegar on May 26th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)

i stopped watching when they were showing the ones i had watched earlier on today.

only so many times you can watch it.

Time to prepare for the Doctor.
Sentimental yet sardonic: BSG Starbuck Frak!booster17 on May 26th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Spoilers for twenty years ago
Spooky - just been round a friend's house and caught Day of the Triffids there too. That and Invasion Earth, we agreed, were quinessential British Sci-fi : bleak, and everyone just about all die.

See also : Blake's Seven.

(Oh, and incidentally I love John Wyndham's novels a lot - so why the heck I appear to actually own none at the moment is baffling me.)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilers for twenty years ago
Hee! Does it still count as a spoiler if it's 20 years old? (and dude... the 80s were 20 years ago?!!!)

I think I'm rediscovering why Brit Sci Fi kinda rocks. Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. Kinda sums it up really! I think that's why I really like Ultraviolet (and that other obscure Brit Sci Fi series "Last Train")
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Willowgreenwillowgreen on May 26th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Me either! I saw the original '50s movie on TV many times. It was not particularly scary, although in my recollection is was not bad for a cheesy '50s scifi movie. I will have to find a way to see this newer version.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
voila (the amazon.co.uk link)

It definitely is worth checking out if you get the chance!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on May 26th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's on DVD but it'll be region 2, I found it here on amazon.co.uk - I think they should be okay to ship to the US if needs be, (I know amazon.com are happy to ship to me if playusa.com fails...)
xxmagexxxmagex on May 26th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Never seen the USA version of Ultraviolet. I've heard very bad things about it.

That said, I am actually watching the original UK Ultraviolet right now. I've just finished the third episode and I'm looking forward to the next episode when I get the time to sit and watch it.