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Name this sci-fi show...
Topic by: Shaky
Posted: October 15, 2005 - 8:54 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 21, 2005 - 4:21 PM PDT

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author topic: Name this sci-fi show...
Shaky
post #1  on October 15, 2005 - 8:54 PM PDT  
Since watching Firefly on DVD and seeing Serenity, I was reminded of another short-lived sci-fi show from perhaps twelve or thirteen years ago. I don't remember the network or the name, nor can I remember the actors who were in it.

What I do remember is that there was a ship. The ship's pilot was female and had to lay down on her stomach in almost a spread eagle position to pilot it. One of the people on the ship was from another humanoid race. That entire race was filled with rage, and the guy on the ship had to wear an electronic collar to keep his rage under control so that he wouldn't go ninja on everybody and kill them. Every character from that race in the show was either played by an Asian or was made up to look Asian.

I don't remember how many episodes there were, and I can't remember very much about them. In one episode the crew were all on a planet on which the "night" side of the planet was tolerable, but when daylight hit it everything would catch fire and burn. They were trapped there with a line of fire creeping ever closer, burning away the jungle as it went.

I also remember a scene in which the aforementioned angry Asian alien took his collar off to fight some important guy from his home society inside a cave. It could have been in that same episode with the fire.

I know some of these elements have shown up in other shows, but does this particular combination ring a bell with anyone?
pooja
post #2  on October 15, 2005 - 11:52 PM PDT  
Quark???

Quark???
pooja
post #3  on October 16, 2005 - 12:00 AM PDT  
QUARK!!!

I think you're thinking of Gene/Jean the "transmute" who could easily go postal as Gene.
pooja
post #4  on October 16, 2005 - 12:17 AM PDT  
Hmm... maybe it's not Quark... that crazy Asian thing sounds so familiar.... I'll finish watching Hum Aapke Hain Koun and maybe I'll think of it...
pooja
post #5  on October 16, 2005 - 12:24 AM PDT  
Holy Cow! Does anyone else remember The Starlost? That was such a romantic SF series...
pooja
post #6  on October 16, 2005 - 12:40 AM PDT  
I wonder if the show is on this list....

Or this list...
Shaky
post #7  on October 16, 2005 - 6:05 AM PDT  
> On October 15, 2005 - 11:52 PM PDT pooja wrote:
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> Quark???
>
> Quark???
> ---------------------------------

WAY too old. I specifically remember having a conversation with my girlfriend at the time, with whom I was living, about the pilot of the ship. My girlfriend was a little irritated with the unnecessary (in her view) spread eagle position of the pilot while flying. The fact that I was talking with her about it places it within a three year window around twelve or thirteen years ago, since I didn't know her before dating her and stopped speaking to her altogether after I discovered all her lying and cheating.

The show had to have run between 1991 and 1994. None of the shows on that list ring a bell. I wish I could remember the name of the actor who played the angry Asian alien. I think he was Japanese, and he used to show up in a lot of American movies and shows. I hardly see him any more.
pooja
post #8  on October 16, 2005 - 6:20 AM PDT  
Are you sure it wasn't a movie like Spaceballs or a skit on a show like SNL or Kids in the Hall? The viscious Asian guy thing rings a bell, but not the pilot position... was she on her back or on her tummy?
pooja
post #9  on October 16, 2005 - 6:56 AM PDT  
I wonder where the viscious mad-dog Asian guy-on-a-leash character originated? From Kung Fu films? Or some kind of Japanese samurai thing? There was a mad grasshopper-on-a-leash in A Bug's Life.
pooja
post #10  on October 16, 2005 - 7:03 AM PDT  
Thumper from A Bug's Life.
IronS
post #11  on October 16, 2005 - 9:20 PM PDT  
How about Space Rangers with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa?
pooja
post #12  on October 16, 2005 - 10:10 PM PDT  
> On October 16, 2005 - 9:20 PM PDT IronS wrote:
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> How about Space Rangers with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa?

It doesn't sound likely but who knows? I never saw it.
Shaky
post #13  on October 17, 2005 - 6:22 AM PDT  
> On October 16, 2005 - 9:20 PM PDT IronS wrote:
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> How about Space Rangers with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa?
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Yes! That was Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and I now also remember Linda Hunt being in it. Tagawa played the angry alien who wore the collar, and Hunt played the Space Rangers' boss.

Now I see that Space Rangers is on the Wikipedia list. But for some reason the link takes you to a description of a Russian video game called Space Rangers that apparently has nothing to do with the show.
pooja
post #14  on October 17, 2005 - 6:35 AM PDT  
Congratulations, IronS! You get to host the next "Name this sci-fi show..." game!

So this "Jojo" was the female pilot who had to spreadeagle herself to fly the spaceship? She seems to be the only female crew member other than Linda Hunt. Or was a spreadeagled Linda Hunt the reason the show was so quickly canceled?
pooja
post #15  on October 17, 2005 - 6:55 AM PDT  
Disregard that! I found some screen captures that show Jojo in her slingship. It's funny that her "uniform" includes a black leather corset... I guess in the future, corsets replaced pressure suits to counteract the effects of G-forces...
Shaky
post #16  on October 17, 2005 - 8:09 AM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 6:55 AM PDT pooja wrote:
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> Disregard that! I found some screen captures that show Jojo in her slingship.
> ---------------------------------

Did you notice in those pictures that in the pilot her eyebrows looked like they were trying to crawl off her face on their own, but by the second episode they had fixed them?
IronS
post #17  on October 17, 2005 - 10:11 AM PDT  
So they went from Klingon to Vulcan with her eyebrows?
pooja
post #18  on October 17, 2005 - 11:00 AM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 10:11 AM PDT IronS wrote:
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> So they went from Klingon to Vulcan with her eyebrows?
> ---------------------------------

Well, Jojo was supposed to be from Venus, which had been colonized by the descendants of Brooke Shields. She was named after Fedor Jeftichew as was the custom for first-born girls on the planet. But at Fort Hope seeing the fierce eyebrows kept provoking Zylyn to fits of teeth gnashing so Commander Chennault ordered Jojo to whack them back a bit.
kohnfused1
post #19  on October 18, 2005 - 1:48 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 11:00 AM PDT pooja wrote:
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> Well, Jojo was supposed to be from Venus, which had been colonized by the descendants of Brooke Shields.
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I'm not up with the current pop icons, but isn't Jojo some pop singing chick with a huge mole on her face?
IronS
post #20  on October 18, 2005 - 11:00 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 11:00 AM PDT pooja wrote:
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> Well, Jojo was supposed to be from Venus, which had been colonized by the descendants of Brooke Shields.
>

LOL!!!
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