Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,
Solarbird
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Yeah no

I can make a pretty good case for a lot of year one (and as far as I'm concerned year only) of Space: 1999, but when you run into episodes like "Full Circle," honestly, there's nothing you can do for it but start singing the unstated closing theme lyrics:
That
made
no SENSE.
None!
What
the hell was that
supposed to be?
I
really just
don't even
know!
I mean what.

Most of the time there's something redeeming in a Year Only episode - like in the pretty terrible "The Troubled Spirit," which has this truly awful bit of 70s pop parascience bullshittery as a backbone, but which is partially redeemed as art by opening with a 2m 30s tracking shot filmed in silence except for music from a guitar recital which segues cleanly into what turns out to be a solid five minutes of no-dialogue extended-opening visual storytelling. Very adventurous direction and good performances in service of an unfortunate story, but redeemed in part as art. It's nicely told - it's just dumb parascience bullshit.

But, yeah ... Not this time. No. Oh gods no.

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