01 Dec

My friend Julia (Le Diva) emailed me the following awesomeness:

So, you know how revamping old 70’s and 80’s shows and making them all
dark and gritty and edgy is the thing now? (Knight Rider, Battlestar
Galactica, and don’t tell me that Smurf bombing video for UNICEF
wasn’t a backdoor pilot)

My Secret Identity.

Seriously. Redo it from the scientist’s perspective. He’s this
misunderstood genius (played of course, by John Hodgman) who never can fully realize his scientific dreams. This bumbling schmuck kid (played perhaps by the Mac guy, just for maximum neo-kitsch value) happens into the scientist’s lab and gains super powers. Now Dr. Jeffcoate finds himself compelled to save this kid from himself while at the same time, continuing to gather valuable research data on what has become his latest and greatest experiment. Seriously, this could be gold.

I’m with her there.  Julia gets mad props for remembering not only this long forgotten program, but also the name of the Proffessor.   I only caught this show once or twice, but I read the tie-in novel over the summer one year (it was based on the pilot.)

Not a bad idea, really, although I personally want to see an update of Small Wonder, set in the age of Gossip Girl.    How does this mysterious blogger manage to find out about and write about all the shenanigans of the Manhattan elite?   It’s easy… when you’ve got THE INTERNET IN YOUR HEAD!!!


Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “from LeDiva: MY SECRET IDENTITY: REDUX

  1. Bill D.

    December 2, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I’m not proud to say it, but I probably saw every episode of My Secret Identity. WPXT out of Portland ran it in the same block of First Run Syndication shows like Out of This World and Superboy every late Saturday afternoon, and it’d all end just as Doctor Who was about to begin over on Channel 12.

    Anyway, it was the first show I can remember where a character who read comic books was A.) the lead guy, and B.) didn’t have taped together glasses and pants hiked up to his chin. And even Dr. Jeffcoate wasn’t portrayed as hopelessly nerdy, either, and towards the end seemed to have a legit shot at dating Jerry O’Connell’s character’s mom. So while not great, you took Nerd Positive programming where you could get it in the 80s.

  2. Shelley

    December 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I’m so glad other people know the awesomeness of Small Wonder. I kind of wanted to be Vicky, just so I could pound the snot out of that annoying neighbor girl (was her name Harriet? I think it was Harriet.). Also, the speaking in a monotone was kind of cool. Not so much with living in your “brother’s” closet, though.

  3. geekusa

    December 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Question about Small Wonder – what happens when all the other kids grow up and technology advances past the point of mid-80s hardware? With all her playmates now all grown up and all the computers around her wired with Bluetooth and USB and Wireless and better voice replication software…. Vicki would now be in the inenviable position of being simultaneously too young and obsolete.

  4. Shelley

    December 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Well, her “dad” would probably be upgrading her as technology advances. He might even be able to create older-looking bodies for her and transfer her CPU or whatever. Or, maybe her family gets rid of her for being “obsolete” and she starts upgrading herself (how very A.I.) out on the mean streets, scavenging bits of RAM from the dumpsters behind Circuit City.

  5. geekusa

    December 2, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah, I’d forgotten about A.I: The film that manages to be both the best and the worst Spielburg movie of the last fifteen years at the very same time. If you shut it off when Haley Joel is sitting in the submarine, staring at the statue, then you’ve just seen a fantastic, moving, heart-breaking film about humans and technology, and love and loss. If you watch it to the end, it’ll just make you mad. At least it made me mad. I’m not gonna spoil it, but damn that was a huge-ass cop out.


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