The magic of Netflix streaming has allowed me to sample a bunch of old television series from my youth. Battlestar Galactica hasn’t held up very well at all, a cheesy mishmash of pap that makes very little sense on any level. Its only redeeming feature is a young Jane Seymour.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, on the other hand, is a masterpiece that has well withstood the test of time. Full of camp and double entendré, the sexually voracious and incomparably manly Buck Rogers fucks, flies, shoots, and karate-chops his way across the 25th century, leaving a trail of satiated women, admiring men, and defeated enemies. It sees Battlestar’s Jane Seymour and raises it an Erin Gray. It even has Mel Blanc as Twiki. I may watch the whole series.
Xena: Warrior Princess holds up pretty well, too. If Buck rogers is a small small nugget of pure camp, Xena is the whole gold mine. The acting is heartfelt, if amateurish, and the whole thing is good clean fun. I may be partial, since Renée O’Connor, who played Gabrielle, is from Katy, but really, can anything involving Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert be all bad?