Udpdate: Gene Roddenberry - Questor Tapes
I've been curious about the television movie, The Questor Tapes, by Gene Roddenberry, and found it in several parts on Youtube. You can find the other parts there as well or you can also order a disc off Amazon.
Well, last night I watched The Questor Tapes made in 1974 (hard to believe it's that old), after I watched The Antique Roadshow, which is my mainstay program for Mondays nights. I didn't know a lot about it other than it was from Gene Roddenberry, and didn't want read much about it to avoid spoilers. I watched the first part, which was just about a ten minute segment, and then while looking for part two, noticed that Youtube has the whole movie up in one complete showing, plus it was better quality. So if you're curious about the film that's definitely the better way to go.
It was a lot of fun. I could see how Questor, the android, was a seminal idea for Data on Star Trek: Next Gen. He even had that twitch to his head that Data had from time to time, when he was thinking or perplexed about the human condition or solving some problem. I liked how it ended as well, sort of cerebral the way the opening to the mountain opened up, and they went inside to find the original scientist who had made Questor.
A friend of mine sent me a link to the upcoming R. E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Tx. It's a two day event that they've held annually to celebrate the writing of Robert E. Howard, best known for his sword and sorcery hero, Conan. I've never been, and could kick myself for not trying to attend (but was too busy anyway) last year as one of the guest they had was Tim Truman, who is writing the King Conan comic series for Dark Horse publishing. But who has also written many other comics, like GrimJack and Scout, that I greatly admire. If I can somehow make it this year, and if the guest are worthwhile, I'll try to attend. It's a small affair, but I'd have to guess it's attended by diehard pulp fans.
I've also tentatively got plans to attend The Antiques Roadshow, which is being held in June as well, I think at the first part of the month. But with that event, you have to put your name into a pot, and they draw names to see who can come to the event. They do it that way for crowd management, otherwise I'm pretty sure the crowds would be totally unmanageable, and they are also trying to film too, which they'll air later. I've also got my sister and nephew into the drawing as well, so maybe one of us can score tickets. I haven't been to Austin in so long, and summers are hot down there (but they're hot all over in Texas), but if we can get tickets, I'd surely go.
Today is now Tuesday, and I plan to watch the SyFy Channel's FaceOff. It the reality show about makeup and creating creature designs. I like it a lot and have watched every season. They are narrowing down contestants and the competition grows harder. After that is a new show about Jim Henson's puppetry. I haven't read all the details about the show, but plan on watching the first episode.