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Three decades later, you will be forgiven for forgetting that John Carpenter’s cult sci-fi drama, Starman, spawned a syndicated TV series. Robert Hays, best known from Airplane!, stepped into the role created by Jeff Bridges in the movie. Future Brady kid, C. B. Barnes costarred as Hays’ son. During the first and only season, Starman and son avoided government capture while looking for the boy’s missing mom. That part was originated by Karen Allen but taken over by Erin Grey on the TV show.
In this interview from the January 1987 issue of Starlog magazine, Hays discusses Starman, Airplane! and the dangers he faced making the Stephen King movie, Cat’s Eye.
In order to avoid the legal entanglements of being an unofficial Star Trek fan magazine, Starlog had to expand its coverage to include other aspects of science fiction. But in the pre-Star Wars era, there weren’t a lot of current sci-fi or fantasy movies for them to write about. So that mostly meant covering the TV shows of the 70’s. And when it came to sci-fi TV in 1977, it didn’t get much bigger than Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man.
Did you have the action figure with the bionic arm? I did. I always wanted Big Foot, but never did get him.
If you’re a long time Dr. Who fan, you probably already know that Sarah Jane Smith was one of the Doctor’s most popular human companions in the seventies and early eighties. However, if you’re like me, you may need to brush up on your Dr. Who lore. Like a lot of folks, my knowledge begins with the 2005 reboot. The following season, actress Elisabeth Sladen reprised her role as Sarah Jane opposite the then-current Doctor, David Tennant.
Her appearance proved so popular that Sladen got her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which ran from 2009-2011. In the December 2006 issue of Starlog, Sladen talked about her return to the world of Dr. Who in the episode “School Reunion”.
Actor Robert Vaughn passed away earlier this year at the age of 83. His career in film and television spanned decades. It included such films as The Magnificent Seven, The Young Philadelphians, Bullitt, The Towering Inferno and Superman III. But Vaughn was best known from his years on television in shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Protectors, The A-Team and Hustle. Starlog talked to Vaughn about his long career in showbiz in this interview from the December 2006 issue.
“Hearts Still Beating”, the mid-season finale of the seventh season of The Walking Dead, wraps up all the ongoing stories introduced in the season premiere and resets the stage for the back half of the season. Over the course of 90 minutes, the episode checks in with all of the regulars. Maggie is still pregnant and the likely next leader of the Hilltop community, Carol still wants to be left alone, Morgan still won’t kill except when the plot demands that he break his oath, Spencer is still insufferable, Carl still needs a haircut, Tara’s Oceanside community still doesn’t matter, Eugene still likes to watch and Negan still likes the sound of his own voice.
Hearts are still beating (except for Glenn and Abraham’s) and the status quo remains largely unchanged after eight episodes (three of which were extra-long).
“Sing Me a Song” is the penultimate episode of the “A” half of the seventh season of The Walking Dead. It’s an extra-sized 90-minute episode which I think we all know has more to do with ad revenue than it does story-telling. This episode doesn’t tell us much that we didn’t already know from the last over-sized episode. Negan is a bad dude. He puts on a smile and he never shuts up. So far this season, we have probably spent more time listening to Negan prattle on than we have spent with any other character including Rick – the show’s de facto protagonist. In “The Cell”, viewers got an extended look inside the Savior’s compound from the points of view of Dwight and Daryl. This episode is more of the same as seen by a recently captured Carl.
Last week’s extra long episode focused on Negan grinding Rick under his boot for roughly ninety minutes less commercials. “Go Getters” does the same thing with a Negan surrogate (a henchman named Simon) and Hilltop leader, Gregory. Gregory is a sniveling coward. In theory, he’s a weak-willed leader that stands in stark contrast to our hero, Rick. But at the end of the day, the result is still the same.
Boy, that sure didn’t take long. When The Walking Dead finally introduced the charismatic Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villain Negan, it gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy. By this point in the show’s long run, our main cast has encountered so many malicious groups that they have all become kind of faceless. Morgan’s confident, sneering strut was at least memorable. But after less than a handful of appearances, Negan’s already worn out his welcome.
I believe we have hit a new low here when it comes to padding out The Walking Dead. The first twenty minutes of “The Cell” dealt with the making of sandwiches. This was done in order to draw a comparison between fan favorite Daryl Dixon (who was probably eating dog food sandwiches before the apocalypse) and his captor, Dwight. But the sandwich making went on so long I found myself wondering “where the hell are they were getting all this bread?”
The Walking Dead can be a divisive show, but I think just about everyone can agree on one thing: Last week’s season premiere was hard to watch. That episode was intended to break down the characters and the audience with an hour-long barrage of graphic violence, gore and hopelessness. Whether or not that is something of merit is up for debate. But I think most viewers would agree that you couldn’t follow up the season premiere with more of the same. So it comes as something of a relief that the second episode of the season switches characters, location and tone.
I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that the seventh season premier of The Walking Dead was the most hyped and anticipated episode in the show’s history. The season six finale, now a distant memory, built up to a cliff-hanger that dared your to care about its resolution six months later. Since then, AMC has spent half a year stoking the fires of fandom to make sure viewers remembered that someone was going to die this week.
There’s obviously going to be spoilers after the jump. My guess is that if you didn’t watch the episode live last night, you probably aren’t too worried about being spoiled, but be warned anyway.