In any event ...
When the rest of you were getting (cough cough) some artistic and measured programming to stunt your growth, I was getting a bit of healthy schlock that wound up making me laugh half of the time but kept my interest all of it. Much like the Godzilla and/or Gamera movies, these shows featured giant lumbering monsters that were clearly being played by men and women in horrifically padded suits; and these villains were crafted and played on the small screen in such a way to suggest that they were never really ever going to overpower the show's central warriors but instead be a bit of a nagging infestation that momentarily required some heroic intervention by the good guys. So, yes, I call it schlock, but it was all delivered in such a good-natured and wholesome way that a child like me couldn't find any harm in any of it ... no matter if I tried.
If you do a bit of research, then you'll find out that shows like this still exist to this day. Though I imagine their viewership is probably quite small, theirs is a kind of programming that endures, much in the same way that Star Trek, Star Wars, and the like do ... creators have a fondness for them, so they seek to keep them alive ... even if that means lampooning them.
Fast forward to today: I recently received a notice from one of my industry insiders alerting me to a little something-something called Ginormo! Rather than have me give you the details -- which, honestly, I'd probably mess up a wee bit here and there as I haven't watched this one yet -- I'm going to do the obligatory cut-and-paste below ... but I will pipe in to suggest that this very much resembles one of those programs of my vast and distant youth. Basically, you get a stable of heroes who each episode have to face-off against some potential menace-to-end-all-menaces; and -- unlike those shows of old -- this one satirizes the whole affair to the delight of the audience.
Keep your eyes peeled! If I get the chance to give this pilot episode a screening (I believe it drops on YouTube today), then I'll be all-too-happy to pen a review.
Ginormo! Going Big For Laughs
Recently discovered by Steven He, we will be airing it for the first time as an unintentional comedy masterpiece.
From the show's IMDB.com page citation:
Ginormo is a sci-fi comedy series satirizing Japanese monster movies and TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Using only effects from that time period - bad rubber monster suits, spaceships on strings, miniatures and hokey scripts and dialogue - Ginormo pays homage to a period of craftsmanship before CGI came onto the scene. Presented as a lost science fiction series from 1972 that was never aired because it was so bad, Ginormo lovingly and humorously pays tribute to a by-gone era in the form of a ridiculous meta comedy that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Created by two AAPI writer/producer/directors - Ken Mok (Joy, Invincible, America's Next Top Model) and Youtube star Steven He, Ginormo also showcases a primarily AAPI cast - a talent base that's historically been under-represented in film and television.
- 6 episode series
- Premieres May 12, 2023
- New episode released each Friday on Steven He’s Youtube
- Episode 1: A Show So Bad It never AIRED | Ginormo! Ep.1
- Created by Ken Mok and Steven He
- Steven He as Mikko
- Alan Chikin Chow as Lord Metagon
- Jeenie Weenie sa Kimmie
- Nathan Doan as Munchie
- Kris Collins as Lady Spigh
- Joma as Jazzypus
- Steven Ho as Uniclop
- Ian Boggs as Major Boba
- Jennings Brower as Ginormo! and Hunky Guy
- Introducing Jay Lee and Lauren Kim