Monster of the Day #805 Updated on November 18, 2013 By Ken Begg 21 Comments I think he’s Finnish.* (*Get it?) Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Ericb Back in the late 60s or early 70s I got the Aurora model and saw this guy way before I managed to see the original film. Hell, I saw both sequels before getting to the original but when I finally got to it it sure was sweet. SteveWD Uncle Gilbert right? I was just thinking, if The Munsters (and the Addams Family too) had stayed on for a few more seasons they would have probably gone to color. I don’t think that would have benefited either of them. Actually, the only show that made the black and white/color crossover and got better (IMO) was Gilligan’s Island. Ken_Begg It suited Wild Wild West pretty well. SteveWD Yes it did. Thinking about it, the b&w/color transition was probably a wash quality-wise for most shows. The ones that got worse did so because of reasons other than just going to color. bgbear_rnh are we going to get a whole Kip Addotta routine today? bgbear_rnh Gunsmoke just made everyone look suddenly much older. Flangepart (Ahem)… We better quit all this sea horsing around or go into a state of shark, so I’ll quit carping before out flounder, Ken, get’s the idea it’s bass to minnowmize the damage and give this grouper the pink slip. bgbear_rnh I thought someone might try that for the halibut. I was trying to think up some good puns but, it was giving me a haddock. Rock Baker I’d argue it went a long way toward giving The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the right vibe, though. The early episodes were more in line with the serious espionage stuff of it’s time, and the color episodes more in line with the pop mentality of the genre as it progressed. I’d think under those terms, you could make an argument on either side for Lost In Space. The Beverly Hillbillies fared as well as Gilligan, I’d think, since it too remained largely the same show it started as. Rock Baker The Don Post mask was used for this, I’m pretty sure. Man, that thing is beautiful! bgbear_rnh Let’s nor forget movies. Certainly color brought something to Zontar, The Thing from Venus and Attack of the The Eye Creatures zombiewhacker The b&w Lost in Space was infinitely superior to the color version, but then again, as SteveWD suggestied, such a dropoff may have been coincidental, not correlated. zombiewhacker “it isn’t easy being gree… er… um… grey…” Rock Baker Certainly the first season of Lost In Space was a better show in a strict science fiction adventure sense, but I’d argue the colorful pulp adventures of the other two seasons are the ones everyone remembers so fondly. Rock Baker Now you’re just being mean! Although, I note the ’59 version of BEN-HUR isn’t hurt by the addition of color…. Ken_Begg Yeah, I’d have to agree with that; it’s sort of too apples and oranges to really pick one over the other. Indeed, I’d certainly side with the color seasons of Voyage of the Bottom of the Sea, which is largely the same sort of deal. Eric Hinkle Those would be the seasons with all the weird, campy aliens (I remember the Questing Beast myself, a dragon that sounded like an old maiden aunt) and whatnot, right? sandra The Addams relative I always wanted to meet was Uncle Einar : Morticia is knitting a sweater, with three sleeves. Gomez: That’s odd. Morticia: What’s odd, Dear ? Gomez: I didn’t know Uncle Einar wore turtlenecked sweaters. Rock Baker Also talking carrots, space hippies, and the like. Still, there’s no doubt those are the episodes everyone remembers. Marsden F Troop didn’t get hurt by color. I wish there was more seasons of those but the studio thought it was a waste of the sets on “just a comedy” Eric Hinkle Well, that and the fact that by the end Dr. Smith and the wisecracking robot were the actual stars.