Welcome to my second foray into one of the most grueling (relatively speaking, of course) of all blog hops. The A to Z Blogging Challenge! As I mentioned in my last post (before I accidentally deleted it, that is), my theme this year is going to be "Old Television Shows". The focus on ones I used to love when I was younger.
Along with some facts from each show, I'll try to give some insight, thoughts, and musings on just why these shows stick out in my mind....even after all these years.
So, let's get to it shall we?
A is for...Automan!
Heavily, and I mean extremely heavily, influenced by the film Tron (at least special effects-wise), Automan told the tale of police computer expert Walter (Desi Arnaz Jr.) Nebicher who wanted nothing more than to get out of his cold, cramped, computer room. Coming up with a way to bring almost living holograms to the 'real world', Walter creates Automan (Chuck Wagner)....or Otto Mann, as he was sometimes introduced.
Automan and his pal Cursor (a little ball of light that helped Auto create such things as cars, helicopters, and motorcycles) helped Walter solve cases that your standard, non holographic, officer just couldn't solve.
As with most of the shows I'll be highlighting during this month, Automan was pretty cheesy by today's standards. The dialogue and formulaic approach were standard 80s fare, but I've always loved it. Even though it was done during a more "tame" time in television, I remember Automan still being a bit "risque'" in some of it's humor....especially when Cursor, who seemed to have a pretty good libido for a ball of computer light, showed up. I also remember Automan being pretty arrogant, telling Walter that on a scale of one to ten, he should consider him an eleven.
My favorite bit on the show was when Automan would drive Walter around in his holo-car (a Lamborghini, if I remember correctly) and turn a corner. Since it was made of, basically, hard light particles and, I guess, didn't have to follow every law of physics, it could take corners on a dime. Every time he did this, it would always throw Walter up against the window. I guess the Auto-mobile didn't have seatbelts.
If you remember Automan, you were truly a child of the 80s and this is just a taste of the type of series I'll be showcasing during this challenge. I hope you all enjoy :)
Tune in tomorrow for "B"....a story of a lovely lady, who... (it's not what you're thinking...I promise).