On a somewhat off-topic, but distantly related note, I'm like 1/4 of the way through my nice new Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot DVD set. I got the one with the good comments from Amazon, the other apparently is some bootleg garbage that has huge audio and video problems. So far, not much problems, considering the age of the material, and that it was made for TV. One part of one episode where the dubbing suddenly kicked out and they were back to speaking in Japanese.
And a couple of video glitches that lasted for a few seconds, but that's it out of over a dozen episodes so far.
Now to the shows themselves. What can I say, the last time I saw these, I was about six years old, and watching them on TV years after they were made. They seemed wonderful to me back then. Thing is, I can still appreciate them for what they are, hysterically funny and bad, with FX that probably bettered some of the '70s and '80s Doctor Who episodes, but were still pretty horrible, (the old Gerry Anderson show UFO outdid them both, and Space: 1999 far outdid all of them).
Every character in the show, with the arguable exception of Johnny himself acts like an idiot, able to be fooled by your average five year-old, which I suppose makes sense considering what must have been the target audience. The acting is way over the top, with much scenery chewing.
The set contains all the episodes plus the Voyage Into Space movie, (maybe a combo of episodes, I'm not sure yet), and an Ultraman episode, a show I've never seen. Pretty fun so far. Weird to think that the kid who played Johnny would have been quite a bit older than me if he was still alive, (died in the late '90s I think).
My next task is to get some of the DVDs of Godzilla and related movies I've never seen, such as King Kong vs. Godzilla, (I want to get the Japanese version if possible), and the lesser Toho Kaiju movies.
Achilles is the kind of evil that hollows out a volcano for a lair, and sends killer robots after his enemies.---Lord Simian