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1997-12-14 00:00:00 - mini-review of THE CAMP (SPOILERS) - (Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com>)


Before the ep. even started, before I read anything about it other than the regular 'tv guide'-type synopsis, I KNEW what the big secret was. The "12th generation under the rule of unseen New Masters" all but gave it away for me, THE ALIENS ARE LONG GONE, YOU STUPID EARTHLINGS. That, plus the fact that "with extraordinary settings come extraordinary plot lines" (i.e, in the future and/or space you expect the unexpected) almost sank the ep., for me, before it started. However, once I watched it, I liked it. It was the little things that kept it interesting. The relationship between the woman, trying to save her child & people, and the Commandant, whose days were numbered and usefulness questionable, kept it interesting. The character interaction all around was well done. The "rulers as automatons" allegory was a nice touch. At the core, with all the futuristic gimmickery stripped away, "The Camp" was classic OL. A simple story about people. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- A minor nitpick - Was it just me, or when the Commandant's head was torn asunder, and sticking out sideways with the wiring below (attached to the body), did the face seem a little TOO computer-generated (pasted on) i.e. a little 'flat' and fuzzy around the edges? It just didn't look real enough , even looking at it by turning MY head sideways (so the face appeared face-to-face w/ me) it still looked 'flat' and a bit unreal. A minor quibble, to be sure, but it bothered me.

1997-12-19 00:00:00 - Re: mini-review of THE CAMP (SPOILERS) - (acutabov@ix.netcom.com)


>Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com> wrote: > Before the ep. even started, before I read anything about it other than > the regular 'tv guide'-type synopsis, I KNEW what the big secret was. The > "12th generation under the rule of unseen New Masters" all but gave it > away for me, THE ALIENS ARE LONG GONE, YOU STUPID EARTHLINGS. > That, plus the fact that "with extraordinary settings come > extraordinary plot lines" (i.e, in the future and/or space you expect the > unexpected) almost sank the ep., for me, before it started. > However, once I watched it, I liked it. It was the little things that > kept it interesting. The relationship between the woman, trying to save > her child & people, and the Commandant, whose days were numbered and > usefulness questionable, kept it interesting. The character interaction > all around was well done. The "rulers as automatons" allegory was a nice > touch. > At the core, with all the futuristic gimmickery stripped away, "The > Camp" was classic OL. A simple story about people. > -------------------------------------------------------------------------- > A minor nitpick - Was it just me, or when the Commandant's head was torn > asunder, and sticking out sideways with the wiring below (attached to the > body), did the face seem a little TOO computer-generated (pasted on) i.e. > a little 'flat' and fuzzy around the edges? It just didn't look real > enough , even looking at it by turning MY head sideways (so the face > appeared face-to-face w/ me) it still looked 'flat' and a bit unreal. > A minor quibble, to be sure, but it bothered me. This is an episode that I enjoyed! Fortunately, I knew nothing about it until I saw it.

1997-12-19 00:00:00 - Re: mini-review of THE CAMP (SPOILERS) - (stoodin101@aol.com)


>This is an episode that I enjoyed! Fortunately, I knew nothing about it >until I saw it. I thought "The Camp" was great. There was a little shaky acting, but the principles were all good, the effects were adequate (I don' t worry too much about the face being "imposed" on the dummy, since I grew up in a time when what we would have seen would have been a dummy lying in the dirt, face concealed, and a extreme closeup of the face whenever he had to speak. There would have been no effort to matte the face to the dummy.) and the plot was a good one, even if those of us who have read this stuff for 40 years knew where the New Masters were. And, as a minor pleasure, if an eville one: I'm always happy when KIDS are put in jeopardy on this show, just because I know that Stefano was _forbidden_ to do so on the original by ABC's Standards and Practices munchkin Dorothy Brown. Hey Dorothy! "Feed her to the sharrack!" Go on, stop them _now_! Bwa ha ha! NECRONOMICON, all-instrumental electronic music inspired by H.P.Lovecraft, now available on c-60 cassette. E-mail StoOdin101@aol.com for details.