Tales from the Darkside is a popular horror/sci-fi anthology tv series, produced by George A. Romero, which is similar to some sci-fi series like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limit and Night Gallery. The series composed of short stories of strange tales that are mostly centered on horror stories around us, more likely considered science fictions or fantasy-based. Although few episodes were lighter comedic, some episodes were creepy that some who watch it few or alone scare them to death. The opening foreboding voice-over:
"Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.
But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real,
but not as brightly lit..... A DARKSIDE."
The plot formula of the series comprised from initially normal, mundane situation and then gradually twist into off-kilter, building up suspense and ending up with surprise conclusion, letting the viewers learn to appreciate that things are not often as they seem. Special episodes of tales are adapted work of famous genre authors like Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison and Stephen King. Each episodes also end up with voice-over:
"The dark side is always there, waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight."
Tales From The Darkside was aired from 1984-1988, completing up the total of four seasons and 90 episodes.
February 1st, 2007, 08:38 PM
I loved this show when I was younger, some of the episodes gave me nightmares. The eerie music, creepy opening, and dark 80s production values made for some fun television.
February 9th, 2007, 03:19 AM
- Land of the Giants -
One of Irvin Allen's sci- fi/fantasy TV Series, Land of the Giants was his fourth and last produced sci-fi show (others are Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Time Tunnel), which was marked as high budget episodes record for the series (about $ 250,000) and highest rated show.
The Land of the Giants' story was started when the Spindrift spaceship take the commercial sub-orbital flight in 1983 from New York City to London, boarding three crews and four passengers. Accidentally, Spindrift crash when they hit a strange turbulence and enter a mystical cloud space warp (later learned as "dimensional lock") and land into a Earth like planet, inhabited with very large creatures compare to than the Earth's normal size. The never named planet is evolved in different turn, humans are about 12 times the natural size of Spindrift's passengers, the animals huge like cats that roars and as large as a lion. The castaways' missions are: to survive and hunt for their food, to escape from totalitarian government who rules the planet, to run from animals hunting them for meal & giant children wanted them as toys, and opportunist & giant scientist hunting them to use their advance technology. The castaways managed to survive with the help of good giants but find hard to repair the damaged Spindrift with about 50 years less technology of giants.
In the final episodes, they manage to return to the time during the Spindrift flight using an alien device "space time manipulator" and relive the original trip again. The interesting classic sci-fi story of "Land of the Giants" by Irvin Allen, the series completed 2 seasons with 51 episodes, aired from 1968 to 1970.
February 16th, 2007, 04:08 AM
Sci-Fi TV Series - Babylon 5 -
Conceived as a novel for television, Babylon 5 TV series is well mastered and noted for its heavy reliance on pre-planned, arc-driven story telling being prevalent to science fiction and drama tv shows for its five years of run. Its story about a giant five-mile long, 2.5 million ton, cylindrical space station and rotating colony called Babylon 5, built to be a gathering place for fostering peace through diplomacy, trade and cooperation. Babylon 5 is a dream given form- a dream of a galaxy without war, where species from different worlds can live side by side, peace among various alien races, a sanctuary providing grievances and negotiations between councils from different planets and major species; Earth Alliance (Humans), Federation (Minbari), Centuari Republic (Centuari), Narn Regime (Narns) and Vorlon Empire (Vorlons).
Babylon 5 was set in the 23rd century (2258-2262 AD), after the great war by odd friendships between planets resulting sabotage and destruction of first four Babylon Space stations (Babylons 1, 2 and 3 failed to operate while Babylon 4 vanished 24 hours after its full operation). Babylon 5 (which substantially smaller from first 4 Babylons), takes part between interstellar political conflicts, fight fascistic government and promote peace among races. The story was created by J. Michael Straczynski, with Neil Gaiman & Harlan Ellison, packed with groundbreaking special effects as well as in set ups and character customs, great cast English accents and more realistic heart felt sound effects contribute to success of the series.
Babylon 5, a multi-award winning TV series from Emmy, Hugo, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writers of America, etc. was debuted from January 1994 and lasted until November 1998, completed 5 seasons with 110 episodes.
February 20th, 2007, 05:17 AM
70's Sci-Fi Comedy TV Series - Mork and Mindy
The 70's Sci-Fi sitcom TV Series Mork and Mindy, a spin off of Happy Days ("Mork and Mindy" was the second spin off, "Laverne and Shirley" was the first), was Robin Williams' first major acting break which also brings the show into high popularity with high Nielsen Ratings being #3 on its first season. As Robin's springboard on his brilliant career and zoom to his stardom, he showed the audience his simply loving silly slapstick humor, his manic improvisational comedic talent and give him specific gasps where he can perform freely while his partner Pam Dawber, had to bite her lip to avoid laughing and ruin the filming.
The Mork and Mindy story about Mork (played by Robin Williams), an alien came to Earth from planet Ork riding a giant egg-shaped spacecraft, bumbling alien hatched, sent for the mission: investigate the Earth, study the inhabitants, observe the bizarre customes and cultures of the Earthlings, study the human emotions since the Orkans (Ork species) don't have any and report all of them to the Ork leader and Orkan supervisor, Orson. At Mork's arrival, he met Mindy McConnell(Pam Dawber) who been on argue with her boyfriend, she saw Mork (initially believing Mork as priest) they walk to Mindy's apartment and she learned Mork's mission, Mindy have to hide Mork from University of Colorado students, let him stay on the attic and promise him to keep his identity. Mindy's father, Fred, blame her living with a man so she told about Mork, and the story lines adventures started out on Morks attempts to understand human behavior, feel the emotions, adjust to Earth life and sums up humorously the social norms on Earth. Remarkable Mork's comic on the show were: he innocently wears clothes backwards (buttons at the back), sit on the chair upside down (Orkons sit on their head), handshakes in different style (hands contact with middle and ring fingers separated) and do many things which are opposite to the Earthlings. The final seasons of the show, Mork and Mindy get married, they honeymooned of the Ork, got pregnant and Mork gave birth to a healthy elderly man (Male Orkons have offspring's born old and age backward to babyhood).
The wild and wacky adventures Mork & Mindy, in this popular science-fiction/fantasy-based comedy series was aired from September 1978 and lasted until May 1982, completed 4 seasons with 95 episodes on ABC.
February 20th, 2007, 08:13 PM
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