Here’s an episode of a science fiction TV series from 1955 that was broadcast in colour. Shows how much I know … I didn’t think colour had been invented yet. Hey, the photos of my parents from that era are all in black-and-white. This is the sort of thing that gets me in trouble for being stupid, like the time in Grade 8 when I asked the teacher if people floated around before gravity was discovered.
Science Fiction Theatre was the precursor to The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. This episode explores time travel, a subject we talked about recently on the podcast. There’s also a really interesting article at cracked.com that explores the weird serendipitiness of this program and a kid from Canada, which is how I ended up watching Science Fiction Theatre this morning. Luckily, as a professional science fiction talker-abouter, I can write this time off as a business expense.
Note that the actor playing the weird neighbour is Warren Stevens, who played Rojan the Kelvan in the Star Trek: TOS episode By Any Other Name, in which he wore an orangey-pink jumpsuit.
I like the fact that there’s a robot vacuum cleaner in this. Of all the things to predict … the sonic broom? Awesome.
Hear more about this sort of thing here at Starbase 66, the International Star Trek and Science Fiction podcast, featuring two Americans and me.