There was a Land of the Lost marathon running this weekend on Sci Fi, and since I remembered watching this show as a kid and really liking it, I figured I'd watch some more before the new movie came out. This was a massive mistake. While I started singing along when I heard the familiar theme music, I was sort of horrified to see how unconvincing the credits sequence was. In my young mind this was much more impressive than it is in retrospect. I realize that Syd and Marty Krofft fans adore this sort of thing, and while the Sleestak puppets still have their appeal, the rest of the special effects do not hold up well. I was literally laughing out loud watching Will and Holly run scared from a dinosaur, because it was just so goofy. And it isn't just the effects -- the acting and stories (at least the ones I could bare to watch) were pretty ridiculous. Still, at the time I remember being entertained and that this show helped form me into the geeky fantasy fan I am today (mostly because I thought Holly being friends with a dinosaur was cool... still is), so that's something. But I don't think I'll be buying the box set any time soon.
Ahh, the demise of Arrested Development. A series cancellation so widely devastating I'm surprised comedy fans didn't set themselves on fire in protest. I have to say, I considered it, but like Frankenstein's monster, I fear flames. Besides, that's what blogs are for. Two and a half years after the end of the brilliant series, I don't know one person who doesn't still miss the Bluths terribly, and here are just 10 of the many reasons why (with video!).
Hulu and ABC have been knocking it out of the park lately with their partnership. After adding Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Castle, they've also begun streaming their catalog with today's epic addition of the entire series of My So-Called Life. Re-watch it, re-live it, and if you're anything like me, re-hate Angela for ignoring Brian Krakow and loving Jordan Catalano, who can't read. They made a whole episode about how he can't read!