Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Best of Science Fiction TV (1987)
the book is pretty interesting, given the fact how much sci-fi is on tv now. he covers a lot of ground in 144 pages, and manages to catch most of the major shows easily, plus several "cult shows" as well.
the interesting thing about the "best" 15 and "worst" 10 is that he asked critics from all stripes of entertainment, not just the ones that think they know everything about science fiction television. Weird Al is one of the correspondents. I don't agree with about half of the best list ("Quark" is so overrated, and Mork and Mindy is just a comedy" but the reasons behind everything are quite fascinating. though I'd never rank the Jetsons over Jonny Quest... the heck is that about?
he also has a nice section about cartoons from Japan, and a lengthy piece on the Ultraman phenomenon which is cool, despite spelling Hayata as "Iota" and thinking Ultraman fought King Joe. there's a couple of pictures of Johnny Sokko, but not a mention in an article. Space Sheriff Sharivan gets mentioned though, how weird is that?
the writing style is nice and entertaining, and its definitely worth a look. Javna seems to think that "Prince Dinosaur" was available viewing at some point in this country. no one else has ever said that that I've ever read.