Thursday, 27 February 2020

Seksmisja (aka Sexmission) (1984)

I've yet to read the article but this Polish film is featured in the latest copy of Infinity Magazine (#25) which is nice because it brought it to my attention.  Unfortunately I've not seen the actual movie so you lot are going to have to tell me if its any good or not.  Swanky spacesuits though!


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Lost In Space - S3 E8 - Flight into the Future (1967)

We've looked at Lost in Space before, both the original series Robinsons' spacesuits as well as the movie and Netflix reboots.

For this post though we are returning to a specific episode of the original run - season three's Flight into the Future, the eighth episode that first aired in 1967.  This story features two Destination Moon style suits which may even be the originals or at least a very accurate reproduction.

What's particularly interesting about this spacesuit though is that's its an ensemble of very mixed origins because while the suit may be from 1950, the helmets are from 1966's Way...Way Out.  They have been modified to reflect the 50's aesthetic but that actually appears to have been done for an earlier Irwin Allen production; episode two of  The Time Tunnel.  There is lots more to be said about this but at the risk of repeating myself its perhaps best to follow the link and read all about here:


The Time Tunnel - Episode 2: One Way to the Moon (1966)

The Time Tunnel was the third of Irwin Allen's four classic sci-fi serials following on from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968), Lost in Space (1965–1968) and preceding Land of the Giants (1968–1970).  The time travel themed adventure series ran for just one season of 30 episodes from 1966 to 1967 and in true Irwin Allen tradition, made good creative use of stock film footage to add cinematic value that far exceeded a normal television show's budget.

With that particular trait in mind we can easily deduce why the space suit costumes seen in episode 2; One Way to the Moon have more than a passing similarity to those seen in the1950's iconic Destination Moon as indeed, scenes from that movie are intercut into the TV episode to broaden the spectacle.
 The Time Tunnel
Destination Moon

I'm tempted to suggest, given the passage of time between the two productions, that the spacesuits seen on TV are reproductions but who knows they might indeed be the actual movie originals, they're certainly a very close match and other spacesuits have enjoyed equally long lives

The helmets on the other hand are not the movie ones getting a second outing but are, I now believe, far more interesting in their origin in that they are most probably the helmets from Way...Way Out (1966).

This theory was suggested to me by blog-follower Tim Armstrong who's spent a lot of time trying to solve the mystery, because neither of us believed that they were originals produced for that one episode, because, well;  why would Allen go to the expense!  Tim said this in a blog comments made back in June 2014:

"Damn those suits have had a long life, any idea where the helmets seen in this episode came from, I find it hard to believe that they would have had helmets custom made for just this episode."

And then 6 years later in January 2020:

"I think I`ve just cracked the riddle of the helmets on the Destination Moon type suits that we first saw in episode 2 of The Time Tunnel and that also made an appearance in the Lost in Space season 3 episode flight into the future [ep8]
These are actually the Way... Way Out helmets prior to receiving their new opening visors. The profile looks identical and there are 4 of them [we see 4 in The Time Tunnel] it looks like they've covered part of the original visor in some new material and added a raised lip to the new visor's edge, in fact in a couple of the scenes in Lost in Space you can actually see this in profile as the actor turns his head.

These ARE the Way...Way Out helmets! I`m certain of it!"

And do you know what; I'm going to agree with him because when you look and compare the images for long enough, you can see it.

You may also wish to follows the label below: Way Out Spacesuits to trace the history of the suits and the helmets or;  A Suitography of the "Way... Way Out" Spacesuit (1966 and onwards)  which gets updated with each new discovery so feel free to let me know of any gaps.
So a massive thanks to Tim, whose fascination and dedication to this site has been greatly appreciated over the years. Cataloguing spacesuits is one thing but unearthing these cultural hand-me-downs and exposing their secret histories is for me the most satisfying part of it all.  Top work.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Lost In Space (2019)

Happy Christmas and all that stuff...
I was searching the Netflix for a little late night Christmas day horror and stumbled over Lost in Space Series 2.  Quick change of plan then followed and I've just treated myself to the first two episodes.
I will be back to blog those lovely space suits again but not until I've watched the whole series as I fear I'll stumble over spoilers.
Until then, here is the promo art and if you haven't watched this reboot I suggest you do, its really rather good in my opinion.  There are enough nods to the original show but it really is its own thing.


Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Avenue 5 (2020)

Coming in 2020...
Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Hugh Laurie will play Ryan Clark, captain of the titular space cruiser, a confident, controlled, and personable man who is about to be tested to his limits.
Comedy sci-fi makes me nervous because it very rarely works in my opinion, however this one has some strong creative names attached so we'll cross our fingers and hope for the best.  After all its HBO and their hit rate is pretty good.


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Update + Update + Update

Just a little update to let you know I'm still around and this Blog should see some new posts quiet soon.
There have been some blogger access issues, some laptop issues, and some time and day job issues but hopefully I should be able to get back into the swing of things quite soon.
Looking at the comments and the activity stats I can see plenty of people still pop over here to view the back catalogue of posts so thanks for keeping it all active in my absence
More talk and new posts soon

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Ad Astra (2019)

Get ready......

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Its been a while... where does the time go.