Thursday, April 10, 2008

Straight Thuggin It

Homeboys in Outer Space. Some of you may be wondering what I'm talking about, others may recognize it as the name for the extremely campy sci-fi spoof on the now defunct UPN. The show starred Flex Alexander and Darryl M. Bell (probably better known as Ron from A Different World) as a pair of odd couple freelancers who trolled several galaxy's looking for odd jobs. The duo flew around in an old beat up car with wings attached to it that they affectionately dubbed the Space Hoopty. The "hoopty" was piloted by an on board computer by the name of Loquatia that had a wild attraction for Darryl's character Morris and a great disdain for Flex's character Tyberius Walker. Loquatia's name comes from the latin word lo-qua-cious, meaning talkative or full of trivial conversation - think of her as the Dee (of What's Happening) of outer space. In the short span of the shows existence it had several notable guest stars including: Casey Kasem, Gary Coleman, George Takei, Little Richard and Tempestt Bledsoe. However, due to horrible, horrible ratings and a backlash from members of the NAACP the show was canceled after only six episodes... Now don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of this show, it relied on heavy racial stereotypes that could work when the premise is actually funny. This show was one of those car crashes that you can see coming a mile away yet somehow those onboard are completely oblivious to it. With that said, here's a clip of the opening theme. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Professor Peg said...

It would be interesting to learn what the NAACP's objections to the show were...certainly it could not have been more racially offensive than, say, In Living Color or South Park?