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The advantage to not being able to sleep... [Jan. 6th, 2003|12:49 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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I was up until 4am last night, physically exhausted, but my mind was still going a million miles a minute and refused to go to sleep. But, it did have one up side. It seems that last night was "Pilot night" for every single sci-fi show, whether it was new or a rerun. So, I saw the season premiere of "Dead Zone" (one of my favorite shows on the air right now), then the pilot episode of "Once and Again" and "Starman" on the Sci-Fi channel. Finally, the last thing I watched before finally collapsing into unconsciousness was the very first episode of "The Greatest American Hero" on KDOC, which I had never actually seen before.

I really hope they do eventually make GAH into a movie. It's a great concept that deserves further exploration. I've forgotten who they were talking about for the lead, but it was someone that I was unsure of. But, I'd still be curious to see it...

What I found most interesting about seeing this episode (finally), was the bit of misinformation that had worked its way around. I remember discussing the show with a friend (I don't remember which friend, though...), who said, "The suit was originally supposed to be worn by Bill, the FBI agent, but Ralph put it on first, so it only worked for him from then on." Wrong. It is specifically stated in the pilot that the suit is intended for Ralph, and will only work for him, but that he and Bill are supposed to work together.

Little trivia question: Why did Ralph suddenly accept the nickname of "Mr. H" by his students, which he originally refused to go by?


[User Picture]From: mikester
2003-01-06 09:26 pm (UTC)
Because his last name was "Hinkley," a name suddenly surrounded in infamy due to that whole early-80s assassination thing.

If memory serves, I think they toyed around with the idea of redubbing already-filmed episodes with another last name, but decided against it for whatever reason.

Also, I think there was a disclaimer on the first episode when originally broadcast, stating that this show had nothing to do with "Superman" -- as if there would have been any confusion.

"Believe it or not, I'm walking on air...."

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[User Picture]From: pottertilly
2003-01-07 09:53 am (UTC)

Wow, I was right?!

You know, I thought that was the answer, but wasn't sure... Oh well, missed out on the fabulous prize Kurt was offering. Congratulations! :)
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-01-07 09:56 am (UTC)


Well, there's no loss of honor in being beat to an answer to a comic book and/or superhero trivia question to Mike. It's like getting into a foot race with Carl Lewis.

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[User Picture]From: pottertilly
2003-01-07 10:20 am (UTC)

Re: Yeah, the year supply of hero sandwiches!

Ah, I see... But I guess the point is, I should have given it a shot, but didn't. Next time...
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-01-08 03:26 pm (UTC)

Not wrong, just incorrect.

My memory doesn't match either of those.

I've got Ralph and Bill together in the desert when the ship arrives. Don't recall whether it was intended for Bill, or just the first human they came across, but I do remember Ralph not being specifically intended. I remember Bill thinking the whole thing was some sort of prank or conspiracy, and refusing to put the suit on. When Ralph gave it a try, it imprinted itself to his identity and "only worked for him".

(I put that in quotes because I believe the suit's invulnerability did come into play deflecting bullets for other characters)

Anyway, that's the take I'd use if I were reinventing the series.

As for casting, I'd probably go with Mathew McConaughey as Ralph. Bill's a harder pick - I'm thinking Gary Sinise. Or George Clooney - he's probably a closer match. Jennifer Connelly as Pam.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-01-08 10:05 pm (UTC)

Greatest American Casting Call

Gary Sinise would be excellent as Bill, I think. As for Ralph, Matthew McConaughey's a pretty good choice, although, I think I'd go with someone more like Luke Wilson for Ralph. I also would go slightly less exotic for Pam. What's Phoebe Cates doing these days?

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