Star Wars Q and A - Hamill

MidAmeriCon II featuring 1976 Star Wars Q and A!

Friends, you might have noticed the other day when the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story debuted. It sounded very much like the ripping of the fabric of the universe. At least judging by the comments from some of those in the fanbase. But that is certainly not why I am writing this post. Not in the least. This is about the discovery of the MidAmeriCon II panel with Mark Hamill, Gary Kurtz as well as Charles Lippincott. An amazing Star Wars Q and A from September 4th, 1976!

Charles Lippincott is the gentleman in yellow Star Wars t-shirt. He was responsible for drumming up interest in the first film at various conventions. Like at the 34th WorldCon in Kansas City, Missouri.
Star Wars Q and A - Charles Lippincott

Gary Kurtz of course was the producer for the first two Star Wars films. Although he also produced 1973’s American Graffiti as well as co-producing 1982’s The Dark Crystal.
Star Wars Q and A - Gary Kurtz

I don’t believe I need to point out the merits of Mark Hamill, right? This Star Wars Q and A is nearly and hour long. It also is incredibly fascinating how the audience members react. It might shock you but most are quite angry towards the then upcoming film.

[Via] Sky TV

Not everyone is dismissive of Hamill, Kurtz, and Lippincott of course. The trio also make a point of handling the questions and aggression good-naturedly. Hamill in particular reveals early on his humorous nature. You will also hear some answers to questions that don’t quite mesh with what the finished product turned out to be.

So grab your favorite beverage and snack and enjoy this 1976 Star Wars Q and A!

[Via] Gvaerbe Kfaofse

Okay. So you’ve had a chance to watch the Star Wars Q and A. So why not check out that Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer too?

[Via] Star Wars

Batman and Robin

“Lost” Episode Of The Adventures Of Batman And Robin?

Calling 1995’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin Sega CD a lost episode isn’t an outright fib. However the full truth is that what fans of the Warner Bros. Batman animated franchise have dubbed as “lost”. Is in fact the 16 minutes of animated footage used as the cutscenes during the gameplay.
Batman and Robin

Granted that does not mean the animation when joined together constructs an actual story. At least not one of the quality we fans became accustom to with the 1992 to 1995 show. Which without a doubt raised the bar for animated television!

[Via] Bugs Bunny

In the case of the Sega CD’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin however there are strong ties to the classic animated series. Not only did Kevin Conroy return to voice Batman for the cutscenes. He was joined by series regulars like Ron Perlman (Clayface), Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), John Glover (The Riddler), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), Mark Hamill (The Joker), and Adrienne Barbeau (Catwoman) to name a few.
Batman and Robin

Furthermore the story for the game was handled by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The screenplay was written by Dini with the animated sequences directed by Timm.

On the negative side the animation isn’t up to the same standards as what was seen in the television series. On the positive side since it was designed for a game it didn’t have to follow the same rules in terms of violence. Which is why you will witness some rather more intense fight sequences.

Case in point when Batman goes after Poison Ivy’s plant creature with an axe!

Now sit back and enjoy the “lost” episode of The Adventures of Batman and Robin!

[Via] Comic Ghost

If you perhaps have a little more time on your hands, you can in fact watch the entire game. Thanks to John Brain’s YouTube channel you can see the game from start to finish. Provided you have about an hour to spend viewing the walkthrough!

Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.

Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.

I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.

Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:

or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.

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Eight is Enough the Complete First Season Finally Comes to DVD

My family had a few shows we watched together when I was a kid. All of them fill me with warm nostalgia when I watch them again. So naturally I have been trying to collect them all on DVD. One show that has evaded a release for way too long is the classic family drama, Eight is Enough. A show that had something for every member of my family, drama for the adults, comic drama for my sisters and Luke Skywalker for me (yes Mark Hamill was briefly a part of the show in the pilot). With all those wonderful family watching memories in my brain, I needed to own this show. I am very happy to announce that Eight is Enough evades me no longer. As of yesterday, this wonderful DVD is now in my possession.

My plan yesterday was to watch an episode or two, write something up in the evening and post it on the site. I guess I forgot how much I liked the show. I put it in the DVD player and 8 episodes later it was 2am. I think if I had started watching it in the morning, I would have tried to watch the whole series in one day (including the bonus reunion special). I loved it! I guess what I did not count on was that watching the show as an adult is much more rewarding experience than when I was a kid. All that “dramatic stuff” finally makes sense to.

Now I am talking like everyone has heard of the show before, which I know some of you have not, so here is a little info about the program.

Before the extended families that came to dominate prime time, from Full House to Parenthood, ABC launched Eight Is Enough, an adaptation of Crossfire host Thomas W. Braden’s memoir. The pilot sets the tone: parenting is serious stuff, but a little humor never hurts (consequently, a redundant laugh track occasionally comes into play). Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten, who sports TV’s cutest comb-over), a Sacramento columnist, and his wife, Joan (Diana Hyland), are imperfect, but involved parents. As the series begins, oldest son David (Mark Hamill, Star Wars), a construction worker, leaves the nest, but there would be a few cast changes by the second episode. Notably, Grant Goodeve would replace Hamill, while Willie Aames took over as Tommy. With women’s lib in full effect, the Bradford women spend much of these nine episodes trying to find their way in a changing world: Joan takes up photography, Susan (Susan Richardson) goes on a ski trip with a male coed, and Mary (Lani O’Grady) opposes her father during a newspaper strike. Other episodes revolve around Tommy’s crush on an indecisive classmate (Charlene Tilton) and David’s affair with an older woman (Adrienne Barbeau). That leaves Joanie (Laurie Walters), the drama student, Nancy (Dianne Kay), the cheerleader, Elizabeth (Connie Newton), the typical teenager, and Nicholas (Adam Rich), the elfin pipsqueak. Once you get past the flared jeans and wide lapels, Eight Is Enough holds up surprisingly well, since the primary concerns are timeless. If the acting can be uneven, the chemistry between cast members papers over the cracks. Sadly, Hyland only filmed four episodes due to illness (she passed away in 1977). In the second season, Betty Buckley stepped in as the newest member of the Bradford clan.

If you are a fan of good quality retro television and have not seen Eight is Enough, I suggest your check it out. The chemistry of this “family” is undeniable and writing is solid. I must admit, I have an ulterior motive in saying that. This show had 5 seasons and I want to own them all. To make that happen a lot of people need to get on board. So if you are an existing fan, tell a friend, because when it comes to seasons of Eight is Enough, one will certainly never be enough (see what I did there).

What are you waiting for? Get to your local store or if online purchasing is your bag, order your copy of Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season on DVD today!