I’m on TV Cream Stays Indoors talking about Filmation’s 1977 genre-defining Disco Sci-Fi effort Space Sentinels. Although I very clearly remember watching the adventures of Hercules, Mercury, Astrea, MO and Sentinel One, I remembered very little actually about the series itself, so it was a particularly interesting one to revisit and realise just how much I confused it with Battle Of The Planets. During an extremely fun chat we discuss the cacophonous backing music, the late seventies preponderance of Evil James Galway villains, whether every single Filmation cartoon had the exact same storyline every single week, and how Star Wars changed everything that sci-fi meant to space-hungry youngsters literally while Space Sentinels was still on the drawing board.
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You can find plenty more about the strange world of Disco Sci-Fi, including a feature on Space Sentinels close rival Battle Of The Planets, in my book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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The Sci-Fi That Time Forgot is a nostalgic – and not always especially reverent – look back at more of the space-themed entertainment that fans used to keep themselves amused with between Star Wars films; you can find it here.
You can hear me chatting to Rae Earl about Battle Of The Planets in Looks Unfamiliar here. There’s also a Looks Unfamiliar Disco Sci-Fi Spectacular – looking at some of the most ludicrously overdressed examples of the ‘genre’ – with Jonny Morris here.
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