Monster of the Day #1046 Updated on December 1, 2014 By Ken Begg 24 Comments Running late, so I’m not sure if there’s a theme this week. Here’s a monster, though. Have a great day, everyone! Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1571 (May 26, 2017) Monster of the Day #1570 (May 25, 2017) Monster of the Day #1569 (May 24, 2017) Monster of the Day #1568 (May 23, 2017) Monster of the Day #1567 (May 22, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Flangepart FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE SPACE MONSTER, right? “Make fun of my lobes will you. I’ve got your finger-hickey right here, lady!” The Rev. That was in black and white, and that’s not Dr. Nadir or anyone else I recognize from that movie. However, I don’t know what this is. It looks like a television show. Maybe “UFO” or “Buck Rogers”? I have not really seen the latter; did it have monsters on it? Ericb Erin Grey is hot. Beckoning Chasm 1960’s makeup job on the left, and 1980’s hair on the right. So…this was made in the 70’s and set in the future? Ericb Made 1979 or 80 I think. It’s from the Buck Rogers tv series. bgbear_rnh Looks like someone has not read the Earth Defense Directorate’s memo on sexual harassment. Luke Blanchard The original BUCK ROGERS comic strip ended in the 60s. When the TV show came along a new version was started, with art by Gray Morrow (and later Jack Sparling). One of the stories involved a space vampire. If the dates at Wikipedia are correct it appeared before the TV episode did. Wikipedia says the story appeared in Sep.-Nov. 1979, and the episode at the start of Jan. 1980. I have a collection with the storyline. The space vampire’s design is not unlike the TV version’s, but different from it in its details. He has a bald head and a long, cadaverous face, and is coloured white in the Sundays. He wears a dark-coloured costume with a high collar and a sleeved cloak. Unlike the TV vampire, his head is not outsized, he doesn’t have eyebrows or fangs, and he doesn’t have large ears (instead, they’re small and don’t stick out from the skull). In the story, the vampire has used artificial means to create a graveyard of ships in space called the Sargasso vortex. He hypnotises Wilma (Buck resists the effect by distracting his mind with pain), is described as sucking the life force from other beings, and has superior strength. Eric Hinkle I now realize that the space vampire here was a sign of things to come. If you remember when he’s destroyed by flying into a star, he absorbs so much energy he begins to sparkle (as he burns alive — or is that undead?). Though I seriously doubt he spent a lot of time hiding in the bedrooms of teenaged girls. More seriously, thanks for reminding me of this. Man how I loved that cheesy show back in the day. CaptNemo It’s definately from Buck Rogers. I thought the Nosterateu-like opening was clever. In the story, a abandoned spaceship crashes into a space station. When Buck goes aboard, the ship has moody lighting and is littered with bodies. SteveWD Another ridiculous Jabootu coincidence? My son and I watched this particular episode on dvd just 2 nights ago and the box had been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years before that. This is actually one of my favorite Buck Rogers episodes. It’s a pretty clever little take on Dracula. It has some moody bits, like when they first go on the derelict ship, and has some nice touches like the ship being named the Demeter and a passenger on the ship named “Helsen” who was hunting the Vorvon. Craig Richards Calvin Klein from Seinfeld!! The Rev. Damn, I am good. Flangepart Hunting the VorVON…hummm…what do that remind me off… D’OH! Shoulda guess it. How did I forget Erin Grey? And not notice it was in color…I’ll blame it on old age and get on with my life. Cullen Waters Ah, man, this episode! Kids at my school were running around playing space vampire after it was on. Fun stuff. Beckoning Chasm The makeup is creative looking, but he looks to me like someone who stopped here before heading on to bedevil Doctor Smith. Rock Baker Truly, I’ve seen few women who could work a catsuit so well… bgbear_rnh IIRC there is a story that she grew up a nudist, her parents ran a camp in southern CA or something. Marsden I might tic someone off, but I thought the corpse sitting up scene was much better done in this episode than in TNG Night Terrors. And ten years earlier. But they got better in the end. I don’t know if this was meant to be a Halloween episode, like Catspaw, but I really like the Space Vampire. Another fun thing, the “authority people” were of course dismissive of the Vorvon and blame a virus called EL7 and almost every time I expect them to say ELO. Gamera977 This thing gave me nightmares way back when! Btw I met Ms. Grey 10-15 years ago. Even in her ’50s she was a stunning woman. Eric Hinkle “He’s after my life force! Protect me, you tin-plated twit, it’s in your programming!” Said as Smith hides behind the Robot… Gamera977 At least it wasn’t a VorLON or things might have gotten really dicey for the ‘Searcher’. Beckoning Chasm Cast notes: For tonight’s performance, the part of The Great Gazoo will be portrayed by Count Floyd. Beckoning Chasm The Robot: “He has come very far for such a small thing!” Eric Hinkle That could be an actual line of dialogue from the show. If they ever decide to remake it you need to offer them your services as a screenwriter.