I remember when I was 9 really looking forward to this. But my dad sold ads for the local CBS station and some nights had to monitor competing stations' ads. This was one of those nights, so I never saw this. How lucky I didn't know I was.
I dunno, though, John Holmes makes a GREAT Dr. Strange.
I only watched it that once and my memories are admittedly vague...but this isn't the way to see it in the best possible light. At the time it stood out as one of the more faithful -- or at least sincere -- efforts at translating a superhero to television. Obviously we've seen much better since...but back then it was a novelty to see this sort of thing done by a filmmaker who seemed to genuinely like the comic version and truly wanted to do right by it. I remember thinking it was a lot better than I'd expected it would be.
To truly see the face of horror, gaze into the nightmare which was the tv movie version of Captain America, and know utter despair.
Oh, I DID, when it came on. That stupid, obviously flimsy plastic shield. Shit, when I played pretend as a kid I used weapons more convincing than that thing.
I remember often being pissed off as a kid when I saw adaptations of comics, because I was more familiar with comics than movies or TV at the time, for one thing. The SPIDER-MAN show for instance. And as my first Batman was Adams, obviously the Batman reruns were ruined for me.(though I did like the Hulk, but even I knew that the good stuff in that always came in the 2-hour movies, not the FUGITIVE ripoff episodes) But hell, I remember being hypercritical of the SUPERMAN film when it came out. NOW I realize how awful it would have been had it been closer to the comics, but then all I could think was how stupid Lex seemed except one scene.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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