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[Friday YouTube] How People From the 1960s Predicted We Would Dance

This video clip from the German SciFi series Raumpatrouille Orion (translated as “Space Patrol”) takes place in some sort of space lounge with people “dancing” (quotes intended).

I don’t know what they’re saying, but my money’s on them making fun of the way the people around them are “dancing”. I mean, what the hell is that? It’s like some interpretive dance version of a bird repeatedly flying into a window. And holding his own ass.

[via Neatorama]

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1 Comment on [Friday YouTube] How People From the 1960s Predicted We Would Dance

  1. “Raumpatrouille Orion” is actually a fine series and doesn’t really deserve to be reduced only to this single dance clip. Never mind that choreographer William Millié put a lot of thought into coming up with a never before seen style of dancing, even if the result manages to look both rather silly and very 1960s.

    The SF parts of “Raumpatrouille Orion” are a bit obviously borrowed from various golden age works, but then the show was made for an audience that had probably never encountered any SF before (Raumpatrouille Orion premiered in the same year as the original Star Trek, which wouldn’t make it onto German screens until several years later) and so wouldn’t notice where the ideas originally came from.

    What elevates the show over a lot of other vintage SF are the characters and their interplay. The show had several interesting female characters, most notably Lieutenant Tamara Jagellowsk (the blonde in the foreground of dance clip) whose reponse to being kissed by the dashing Commander Cliff Alistair McLane in an “OMG, we’re all going to die” situation is “Now I’m really relieved. Cause that was a very average kiss.”

    There’s also some interesting subtext about military hierarchy and following orders woven throughout the episodes. In fact, early exposure to “Raumpatrouille Orion” probably perpetually ruined me for military SF.

    In short, the show is well worth watching, if you can find it (all episodes are available in full on YouTube, but only in German), as long as you remember that this is contemporary to the original Star Trek and early Doctor Who.

    Regarding the dance, here is a clip of the dance recreated for the show’s 40th anniversary by group including one of the original dancers, Roswitha Völz (whose husband played weapons officer Mario de Monti in the show)

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