Saturday Morning Flashback-The 1970’s

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I had intended this segment to be the first episode of the Star Trek cartoon, but lack of time knocked that one back to next week. So get the ball rolling on this segment I’ll just throw out some general memories of Saturday morning TV in the 1970’s. My brother is year’s older than me so he was Saturday morning TV viewing partner or adversary as the case may have been at times. My earliest memories include funny cartoons like Looney Tunes which was such a Saturday morning staple. I also liked anything that had monsters so Scooby Doo was a huge favorite in the mid 70’s for me. My brother was a huge DC comic fan back then so the Super Friends was one that he always wanted to see. I got bored of that because even though I may have been six I still knew the heroes should be smacking the villains and not wrapping them up with rubber tires. Plus Superman was way too bossy on that show. I much preferred the live action heroics of Shazam and Isis back then anyways. There were certainly some live action shows of the day that influenced me a lot actually two in particular. One was the oh too short lived Monster Squad (not to be confused with the 1987 movie of the same name). I wrote a short post about the Monster Squad months ago. It was made by the same people that did the Batman TV show. This was actually higher in he camp factor than Batman. Hey it was monsters fighting crime. of course I loved it. The other one was The land of the lost which unlike many other shows of my childhood actually stands up well enough now. Yes, I am only referring to the first two seasons. The effects are dated, but the stories were a real attempt to put a decent story line for kids without dumbing it down too much. Back then I enjoyed it for the dinosaurs, sleestak and the action. I remember watching episodes and late that day taking my plastic dinosaurs out to my sand box and acting out that previous morning’s episode. It also seems like I was part of playing Land of the lost with other kids on the playground in first grade. I’m sure I played a sleestak because that would of course be the role I’d want. By the time I was ten or so Saturday mornings were not quite as interesting as in the 70’s. Those days of weeking up runnning to the living room nad watching the above shows while I ate some sugary cereal or pancakes if my dad was in the mood for them are some of the best memories of my childhood.

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R.O.T.O.R

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1988

Who’s in this?

I normally like to include the characters and cast, but really research showed the cast was made up mostly of people who mostly did this film and very little else. Three of the four star are dubbed by others as well. Really it’s not about the cast it’s about how poor it is on almost every level.

What’s this about?

This movie takes place in a city that starts with a D. A robot police officer is made, but he goes out of control. The robot here is from R.O.T.O.R which stands for Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. I thought the title stood for Ripping Off The Outstanding Robocop. Rather than detail the plot I’ll just throw out some things this film includes.

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-a robot police officer with a Village People mustache.
-unmoving camera angles.
-bad 80’s perms.
-the sound of explosions, but we never see them.
-lots of dubbing.
-we hear people talking but only see closed vehicles or the back of someone’s head.
-a science nerd with thick glasses.
-a guy off the street rips his shirt off before fighting R.O.T.O.R.
-a fry cook wears fake plastic buck teeth.
-a robot that looks like it was put together in a garage by a middle schooler one afternoon.
-everyone from hold up victims to truckers seems to know martial arts.
-lots of people carry around big guns in their cars.
-everyone puts on sunglasses right before they have a shoot out.
-a female bodybuilder with a skunk stripe in her hair battles R.O.T.O.R in the big finale.

Here’s a sampling of some quotes from the movie.

“You want out.. there’s out!’
“Easy, greasy”
“I’m like a cemetary, I’ll take anybody”
“I’m R.O.T.O.R and you are guilty”
“Justice is served C.O.D.”
“What do you think this is some low budget sci-fi flick?”
“I’ve got more than a newspaper”
“Hey faggot city cop”
“In science there’s no room for human error”
“Well it ain’t Pee Wee Herman’s”
“Another pale face grinding his heel in the poor indian’s face”
“Pull that trigger and they’ll be picking up pieces of blue pigshit all over the parking lot”

The negatives-All, yes pretty much all of it.

The positives-So bad it’s worth a viewing. It’s like in the 50’s people with no skills saw sci-fi flicks and thought they could make an easy buck and set about making films like She-Demons and the Giant Leeches. This film was in the 80’s I imagine some people saw Robocop and the Terminator and thought they could do that on a smaller budget. They were wrong, but we can all laugh at their mistake.

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