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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*)