Yes, I understand that the older we grow the more we must keep chucked away somewhere in the gray matter -- or is that grey matter? -- but that's not really my point. What I'm trying to say is that the better moments of my childhood grow a bit more pronounced with the passage of time. Sure, it's safe to say that much of them have clouded over by now -- my ripe old age -- but there are some things that still manage to poke through ... and my time with the Japanese import The Space Giants is one of them.
This wasn't something that I experienced on its first run in the United States (it likely aired in TV syndication of the day), but rather I discovered it as a young'un probably in the very early 1970's. Essentially, this was what a family of superheroes looked like back in the day: they were somewhat ordinary humans until required to jump into action, and then they'd transform into these rocketships that could jet all around the planet on adventures. When I once tried to explain the show to a friend, he thought I was talking about the Transformers, but, no: this wasn't animated. This was live action -- with some very questionable level of special effects -- and it was about as good as TV got for my young eyes.
As I said, I don't much remember the specifics. What I do recall was a family -- joined by a space wizard -- who acted out according to their own moral compass. It was quite entertaining.
In any event, I won't belabor the point any longer. I just saw it among the July 4th citations, and I wanted to promote it with a bit more.
Here's a link to the first episode that's up on YouTube.com. Enjoy!