A roundup of those who made a notable difference to the world and have now moved on.
Holy shit. Him too?
Uh huh. What a day.
To me he will always be “Leonard.”
He’s always Commander Koenig to me, for better or worse. I grew up with Space:1999. I finally subjected the little ones to the pilot episode about a month ago. There was some ambivalence about it, but agreement that the theme music was amazing.
In retrospect, it was kind of like “Alien: The TV Series,” in terms of the creepy mood and the dire situation and it being a bunch of American actors on a British show.
I don’t know if it was really scary or if it would seem comical now. I was a little kid at the time.
I wouldn’t say that it was scary, but it was suspenseful and had the seriousness turned up to eleven. But I liked that a lot of this was in service to the stories - that working in space is dangerous even without other drama happening. The production design and miniatures work still blows me away. IIRC it was a combined UK/US/Italian production. The second season is IMO pretty bad, as they decided to try making it more “kid friendly” in various misguided ways.
I loved the way that in every episode of Mission Impossible he was, through the clever use of make up, made to look like Martin Landau
The io9 article has this scene that reminds me that sometimes the old Doctor Who shows had some pretty poignant writing.
Bobby Taylor, of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, has passed, age 83, of cancer.
That’s Tommy Chong as the relatively-lacking-in-melanin Vancouver pic above. Far out, man.
Bobby Taylor solo soul:
Fun fact: A group won a talent show prize to open for Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers in a Chicago Show. That group: the Jackson Five.