Tuesday, December 28, 2010

BS Stands for Many (Inappropriate) Things featuring Major West

B.S. can stand for some bad stuff. Not just the obvious. However, it also stands for a movie that really wasn't so bad at all: Blue Sunshine. I first saw it in the late 70s because I really liked an actor called Zalman King. I was amused to see Major West from Lost in Space in it. I rewatched it just now. I had barely remembered that Major West played the used car salesman type politician. VERY mid-70s style. Uggh. Still mega good looking man though. Luckily, his character kept his hair and didn't wig out (har har). Here he is in a majorly ugly suit, and he said the BS word (yeah, that one) on the phone. Bad, Mark!

After that scene, smiling Major West is pleased to show off how he looks basically the same ten years later, and full head of hair! (The hair is very important in this film!)

No, sorry. Judy married someone else after we returned to Earth.

Remember that time when Dr. Smith almost got us all killed? Which one? So many good times. Hahahah!

Zalman King tries to convince the Major to upgrade his fashion sense and stop smoking. Nope. Ain't gonna happen. That Taxachusetts accent is so thick with cigarette smoke it made me nearly cry. Why, Mark, why??

Somehow he thinks that he'll be able to sound like Tom Waits when he sings onstage with Liza. (I wish I were making that up).

The Major gets suspicious that I'm gonna embarrass him with something else.

Well, he's right. Ready? If I could have one prop from this film, it would not be the fake campaign posters. Oh no. It would be this shirtless hippie drug dealer poster with the blond wig! (Insert smokey Taxachusetts accent "It was a paying gig! I had kids to support!")

Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself.....

Later the Major utters another BAD BS word. He says Barbra Streisand! He does! A puppet of her has just performed as his lead-in act at the shopping mall. A shopping mall that has a disco in it.

Zalman King returns to tell him it's all his fault! We never do find out if he won the election or was arrested or what.... (sorry for the spoilers).

Remember, Major, smoking will spoil your good looks.

Yeah, it's something to think about, Don.

But you'll live on forever (or until the film rots) as the cutest guy on TV in the autumn of 1959.

Hey, Cully! Johnny Ringo and John Robinson have the same initials! It's a small TV world.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When Last We Saw the Robinsons

Or "Hot Men of 60s Television"

Lazy lazy me sitting inside due to rain.... and all I've wanted to do for days and days is watch Lost in Space. Sure, Dr. Smith wears a person out (oh the pain, the pain), and the music remains the same, some dialogue is embarrassingly corny, occasionally it turns into Batman, the women only get to do "women's work," but it was a GOOD show, especially the early ones when the focus was still on the family. Zorro even gets a few chances to show off his sword fighting along with that mystery skunk spot on the back of his hair. Why do people grow old and die? It's not right.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Space Age Christmas

Happy Winter Solstice! The sun returns! Although, here in SoCal we're having a winter storm, so the sun should return Thor's Day. Atomic Age ornaments make Christmas feel safe (ironically!) Here's a UFO classic I've only just acquired. Alas, I have no tree up. Nor have I carved this year's Halloween pumpkin--it's still sitting in waiting in the living room. Meanwhile, all I want to do is watch Lost in Space. They never celebrated Christmas on the Jupiter 2, did they?