wgungfu, on Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:35 PM, said:
doctorclu, on Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:04 PM, said:
So who got the STAR RAIDERS graphic novel? It shows a cameo of the Atari Force, and Hukkas.
I do, and Warlords.
BTW, after I saw this I went on ebay and ordered my own copy of Warlords (comic). I'm a long time fan of the game, so think it will be interesting to see what was done with the story.
Another thought I have this morning, I wonder why the Hukka hate? (like we saw in Ambush Bug). I seem to remember other people not liking the Hukkas back in the 80's when the comic book came out. Thought they were alright enough.
It seems like in Sci-fi there is a need for a monkey. I think this stems from how monkeys were the first Astronauts and so to some degree Monkeys and space just go hand in hand in our mind.
Fireball XL5 had Zunee, a monkey like creature.
Many other sci-fi shows have monkeys (especially those in the 60's and 70's). They are fun, whimsical, and sometimes by our standards even effective crew mates.
Zunee in Fireball XL5 started off very interesting. It was a creature that was a pet of Venus, and sometimes she would bring Zunee along. I like to think he was better than a pet. Zunee was established to be slightly telepathic. He learned a few words "Welcome Home" and "Follow Me", which he repeated in various ways throughout the series to reflect how he felt. He had all the physical abilities of a monkey. In one episode all Zunee had to do was say "Welcome home" to two powerful aliens and it sent them into a panic. Lezunes (Zunee's race) were actually hated by many races in that story, and some even plotted the destruction of the Lezunes.
Great build up. Then like many kid's shows, Zunee just became the bumbling comic relief.
The Hukkas I believe were similar in the same ways. They were highly intelligent, could even repair starships. I think in many ways they were the wookie of the Star Raiders/Atari Force world.
I can't remember, there was only one Hukka in the regular series correct?
So anyway, the character is an interesting concept.
Perhaps Ambush Bug was parodying what readers were going through? Perhaps letting Ambush Bug torchure the Hukka (as some readers might have wanted to do) but then balancing it with the spokespeople against cruelty against Hukkas. Perhaps.
Anyway, the Hukka got me thinking on why monkey types are in sci-fi. Would love to hear this or other things Atari Force might have got you thinking about as well.