Tonight on MeTV- we bring back a sci fi classic from the 50s, featuring one of the most memorable space creatures in Universal’s monster gallery- as we find that aliens have ideas about- “This Island Earth”!
Dr Cal Meacham, a nuclear physicist, has a strange encounter while flying his small plane- and then- things get even stranger! He gets a shipment of condensers unlike any he’s ever seen-and, when he tries to order more from the same company, he soon receives a bunch of unusual parts and instructions to build…something! He builds the machine- a weird communicator called an “interociter”- and gets a message from an odd fellow named Exeter- who says that, by building the device successfully- he has “passed a test” – and is a suitable candidate for a special project!
Cal is transported via an unusual aircraft to a remote compound- where he meets Exeter and his similar-looking cronies- as well as an international group of scientists recruited as he was. Among these experts on nuclear power are a female scientist he claims to know (though she plays dumb-for a while) and another intelligent fellow played by Russell Johnson (the Professor from “Gilligan’s Island”!) The three of them become suspicious about what Exeter and his pals are really up to- leading to an attempted escape that ends up with Cal and his gal pal being whisked away to the planet Metaluna that is under siege- and encounters with both alien attackers and the bizarre mutants used as a labor force.Surrounded by danger- who can Cal trust- and can he and his scientist squeeze survive?
This fantastic science fiction film, starring Rex Reason, Faith Domergue, and Jeff Morrow, is notable for the big headed “Metaluna Mutants”- which typified the alien “bug-eyed monsters” of the 50s- and its special effects , which were highly impressive for the time period. We also have a crisper copy of the film, to make those effects stand out!
“This Island Earth” is the Sven movie tonight on MeTV at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or, check listings in your area.Our Chicago fans get a second helping of chicken- “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”, actually- at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU,the U!
Hoping that Rich Koz will see some of you at the “Those Were the Days” anniversary event in Chicago tomorrow- sorry, ticket sale have been concluded- but, when we learn exactly when highlights will be broadcast on the “Those Were the Days” radio program-we’ll let you know, so you can get a taste of the fun event!
And- don’t forget- the C2E2 convention is coming up in two weeks Chicago’s McCormick Place you can find details under the”events” tab on this site!
Don’t forget top join us tonight on MeTV for mutant mayhem and high-forehead hijinks!