I’ve finished the first day for two of my three classes. Only one student was absent so far and the only thing out of the ordinary was someone who thought she was in Spanish 101. I’m hoping for another smooth hour but I’ve probably jinxed myself.
I’ve always liked the original Star Trek more than any of the later series but some episodes are painfully bad. “Spock’s Brain” is generally regarded as the worst episode ever but that seemed so bad it’s almost tolerable while “The Way to Eden,” the episode with the space hippies, is so bad it makes me relate to nerd-bashing, Star Trek-hating jocks.
I wasted my evening watching MeTV–an episode of Adam West’s Batman, Wonder Woman, and finally “The Way to Eden.” Sadly, Star Trek was the corniest and campiest by far.
Some critics have found positive points about the space hippies. I think even the immortal Red Chinese from “Omega Glory” weren’t as horribly stereotyped. And the music–it was like old white guys rapping without the humor.
I was excited to see one of the hippies was played by Charles Napier, who I initially mistook for Alan Napier. I was wrong but Charles Napier still was in many better movies and shows. I’m glad he got a paycheck out of the mess.
A,while back I read “Spurs” which was the basis for the movie Freaks. Last night I finished John Collier’s “Green Thoughts” which was the basis for Little Shop of Horrors.
As different as “Spurs” was from Freaks, “Green Thoughts” was even further removed from either movie or musical.
The premise of Roger Corman’s movie was remotely similar–a plant collector finds an odd plant that eats people, eventually being eaten himself. The story takes place in a posh estate while the movie is in skid row. The protagonist of the story doesn’t realize what the plant is doing until he’s eaten alive (which is in the first quarter of the story). Audrey II threatens humanity in the movie but the unnamed plant of the story is threatened by the protagonist’s pervy nephew.
It wasn’t what I expected but I enjoyed it.
Although it could have used a dentist.