Hahahahahaha! Ah, I amuse myself, at times.
Good morning, gentle readers, and welcome to ... Friday! (cue the music and dancing) Yes, you knew it was there ... saw it on the calendar, I'll bet ... and you couldn't wait for it to show up live and in person. Well, here it is! Right where you expected it to be! And it's glorious, ain't it? Damn glorious! Big damn glorious, in fact, and it couldn't be better!
Yes, yes, and yes -- for those of you watching closely -- you know who you are -- I've already done a few smaller posts this morning, one on the passing of actor David Soul along with one of my 'Because You Asked' features -- but here we are to the nitty gritty, as they say. This is what you're looking for from me on a daily basis, so I'm happy to provide. It's the daily trivia announcement, and I have a few extra words to say.
Oh, sure, special effects for the age being what they were, you never quite knew what you were going to get. The flight sequences, honestly, were the most memorable for me. I loved how he'd run and leap into the air in taking off; and then it was cool to see him kinda/sorta land hard on his feet. That's one thing I don't think the movies have always handled that well -- today's superheroes just kinda/sorta defy gravity, floating more like a feather at times -- but it is what it is. I just thought those huge, athletic leaps really sold the sizzle, you know what I mean? I'd run and jump into the air, too, if I wouldn't just fall back down on my face, so there's that.
Reeves was born in 1914 and passed in 1959. No, no, and no: I'm not going to get into the matters regarding his passing. It's a point of controversy for some, but if you're interested then do yourself a Google and check out what particulars are out there on the Information Superhighway. Don't believe everything you read ... but DO BELIEVE a man can fly.
Now, I realize that not every actor or actress who comes along is for everyone ... but this is Clancy Brown we're talking about! I mean ... Clancy Brown? How can you not love something in the entire Clancy Brown catalogue? The guy can play good guys. The guy can play bad guys. We rarely get the luxury of seeing such a talent on parade, and a quick glance over at the guy's IMDB.com profile is astonishing. Did you know he's well over three hundred different screen credits and is still actively working?! Lords of Kobol, that guy is a force to be reckoned with, and I'm thrilled to have enjoyed so very much of his time in the industry.
Though it never gets the praise I think it deserves, Brown voiced no less than 'Lex Luthor' himself aboard the stellar TV incarnation of Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000) as well as reprising the role in an animated movie or two. (Not sure on those particulars, but check that profile!) Like Batman: The Animated Series, I hold the Superman version in very high esteem; and a good deal of that is linked directly to the voicework and storytelling reverence to the Supes' mythos. It's just a fabulous show, and I encourage those who've not seen it to check it out.
I mean ... Clancy Brown, people! Come on!
It's just such a masterful story, delivered with classic Trek ideas and images. Yeah, the creatures on the planet are a bit undercooked to be sure -- they're basically Sasquatch-style primitives, so some unintentional laughs might be uttered -- but it's done with such pomp and circumstance you can't deny the potential. Also, it's one of the few episodes that has consistently scored high on those fan-favorite lists, so the story undoubtedly continues to resonant with audiences who find Trek even today. That's gotta speak to some measure of greatness, at the very least.
While this one wasn't my first episode (saw them in syndication when I was very, very, very young), it's definitely one of my favorites, too!
Now, folks, there's more. In fact, there's a lot more. You know that I aim to please, and today has a little something for everyone, so I encourage you to head on over there to check out the good, the bad, and the ugly for posterity's sake:
As always, thanks for reading ... thanks for sharing ... thanks for being a fan ... and live long and prosper!