Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Sargasso Planetoid!

This one's for you, Lou...

You may have seen this clip before (or like me, seen it when it aired).




Now them rocketships got them some SWEET turning radii. Gotta get me one of them.

Topics for Discussion:

Kairo. Was Pieface replaced because they were trying to be sensitive or was it just so they could use a funky accented character without being criticized? Or, was it merely a way asserting GL's ultraterran aspect?

Sirena. So, do you think it's just her hat, or is her head shaped like that, too? In comics, how exactly do you transliterate her hilariously garbled scream when captured?

Hal's head. Assuming that the mass of the space owl was similar to that of its terran counterparts and judging its speed based on the animation, how much force was applied when the space owl hit Hal's head and knocked him out?

19 comments:

David Lawson said...

They may have forgotten that Green Lantern's ring wasn't supposed to work on the yellow aliens and rockets. But at least they remembered what was important, Hall Jordan always goes down after getting hit in the head.

Anonymous said...

And I must stress: the narrator is Ted Knight. No, on Earth Prime he doesn't wield a cosmic rod or speak in haiku, but he is part of the superhero scene all the same.

Chawunky said...

"Now he...AAA-HAA-AAGHHHOW!"

That's my take.

Anthony Strand said...

According to Wikipedia, Kairo is also Ted Knight, but I can't tell. Does anyone know if that's true?

Anonymous said...

This site claims that the Guardian and Kairo (or Kyro) were voiced by the same guy. I find that a little more believable than Ted Knight's baritone going up twelve octaves for Kairo's voice.

Jeff_W said...

What, exactly is "galactic confinement?" Couldn't it be said that everyone who is in the galaxy and lacks galaxy spanning/dimension hopping powers is under "galactic confinement?"

Derek said...

Did anyone else groan when they heard "No time to recharge my power ring!"

You know he's just going to run out of juice at the most inopportune moment.

Dammit, Hal, it's called narrative causality! Learn it. It could save your life some day.

Anonymous said...

I never understood why Kairo was basically a blue Pieface, but they made the Guardians white guys.

I think the only reason for Kairo was so he could go on more space trips with Hal. Pieface is a human mechanic, so it doesn't make a lot of sense for him to be visiting all these planets. But Kairo's an alien, so he fits in better.

The Mutt said...

Is Kairo an alien? I thought he just had a speech defect.

The best bit has to be Hal running outside to change. A stirring oath, a musical crescendo, a flash of light and then *poot* and there's just this guy in green jammies standing there.

Notice that he didn't have time to charge his ring, but he did have time to wait until dark to leave.

Scipio said...

Kairo is a Venusian.

Oddly, at one point he almost sounds like Peter Lorre, so I've even wondered whether he's a "Maltese Falcon" reference.

Tenzil said...

When did Joe Lieberman join the Guardians of the Universe?

I admit it: I LMAO when Hal was taken out by an Owl to the head. Scip, you ruined me.

Oh, and that is CLEARLY a hat. In the bigscreen GL movie, Sirena will be played by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Jack Norris said...

It's funny that they make Pieface a blue alien, I assume to avoid being racist, then give him that accent. I reminds me of the "totally not meant to be Japanese" trade federation people in Phantom Menace.
Using the same logic, all you have to do is make a character green, then you can have him say "dis suitcase sho am heaby" all you like.

David Lawson said...

D'oh! I can't believe I didn't get the Sargasso reference sooner.

Dave said...

Why in the world was Sirena firing suppositories at Hal?

Bill D. said...

Another wikipedia page (one for the Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour) lists Kairo's voice as Paul Frees (Boris Badenov, Burgermeister Meisterburger, and tons of other voices), which I tend to believe over Ted Knight.

Peter said...

I caught this episode on New Year's Eve on Boomerang, high above the Midwest on a JetBlue flight -- every seatback has a TV screen tuned to satellite cable, so I could pass the flight flipping between cheesy superhero goodness like this, the Filmation Aquaman shorts, Superfriends, and the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi. So wonderful.

I wish my cable network had Boomerang...

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

That's an awful lot of work put into knocking Hal out when a falling tree branch or cieling tile would've worked just fine.

ABS said...

A smallish owl like that one would be no more than 8 ounces. It's hard to tell how fast it was going, but typical owls cruise at 20-30 mph. That gives us a momentum of 6.82 foot-pounds per second.

From the crude animation of the collision, it looks like it took half a second for the owl to impart it's full momentum into Hal's head. That makes 13.6 pounds of force into the back of Hal's head.

To put that in perspective, I measured my own force output by punching my bathroom scale. (This is what I do for you, Scipio.) A fake greeting punch (like the "Hey, champ!" amongst drunk friends) generates about 25 pounds of force.

So just trying to pat Hal on the back (and aiming a little high) could floor the man.

Myron said...

So, I don't actually suppose it will have effect.
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