July 13, 2012

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (tv series), 1981. A boring Englishman is rescued from the destruction of the Earth.

Directed by Alan J.W. Bell. Written by Douglas Adams, based on his radio series. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones & David Dixon.

Concept: 4/4 (Great). It's a great concept for a TV series, although it is a terrible concept for an early 80s BBC TV series. Shows today hardly have the budget necessary to make this work on screen.
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good). It was great dialog for the radio show. Unfortunately, they didn't bother doing any adapting for television.
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 1/4 (Bad)
Special effects/design: 0/4 (Terrible)
Acting: 0/4 (Terrible)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4). They had some of the best comedy material ever written, and yet they still managed to make an awful show out of it. Probably the worst comedic timing I have ever seen.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.8/4 (Eh)

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