Friday, May 30, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Space Ghost in Planet of the Space Monkeys (1981)

From  Space Stars:

Space Ghost (Gary Owens) calls on the Teen Force's Elektra to help deal with her team's nemesis, Ugglor. Meanwhile, after botching a simple repair job, Blip runs away to "The Planet of the Space Monkeys".

Personally, I'd have loved it if ABC had rescued Space Stars from the scrap heap after it was cancelled. Like, imagine the prospect of Space Ghost and/or the Teen Force teaming with the Super Friends. Oh, what it could've been!

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

The problem was that a potentially good storyline is seriously compromised by an unnecessary B-story!

The episode was short enough as it was (rather than a 30 minute episode) and the contrasting tones also ruin the action. A monkey planet no one ever knew about? Blip having a "Lois Lane" which is never followed up on, the planet wondering where their new hero went...etc. The writers really should have stuck with the SG storyline.

Weirder still (and the original series was guilty of this as well) was how everyone was able to just casually fly out into the vastness of space without any gear other than a jet pack! Blip landed on the monkey planet as if he were landing on an island!

Should a rebooted SG series ever come to pass, I really hope they wear space suits for those out of ship trips!

hobbyfan said...

That's if WB ever decides on longer stories and can re-educate viewers, since the casual fan is still used to the comedy version of SG.

Bear in mind, too, that if Space Stars had been renewed, or had SG been spun off on his own again, maybe they do a sequel.