Friday, 21 September 2018

Where's Rodney? (1990)




Or: What the F*** Did I Just Watch? Tysto returns for possibly the final time after this bizarre pilot vehicle for comedian Rodney Dangerfield. A kid, who idolizes Dangerfield can summon him at any time. The real Dangerfield, from anywhere he may be. It's a baffling premise but we have a fun discussion about it. The pilot is available to watch on Dailymotion, only, I'm afraid, the link is below.

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Pilot on Dailymotion

Friday, 14 September 2018

Battletoads (1992)


Owen returns to chat about an animated pilot, Battletoads, based on a video game. A game that Owen has played and that I barely knew existed. We talk about, generally, the extreme laziness of the whole thing from the poor animation to the bored voice actors. Also, S&M outfits and phallic shaped towers in a kids cartoon. The pilot is available on Youtube, officially by the company that now owns DiC properties (link below).

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Pilot on Youtube.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Collector's Item (1958)


Tysto is back again to talk about the oldest pilot the podcast has tackled yet. And the first in black and white. It stars Vincent Price as an art gallery owner and Peter Lorre as a forger who work together to... solve crimes? We're not 100% sure, really. The pilot can be found on Youtube in three installments (links below).

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Part one on Youtube
Part two on Youtube
Part three on Youtube

Monday, 6 August 2018

Short Hiatus


Hello listeners, the show is taking August off due to unforeseen circumstances and will return with new episodes in September. Join us then, will you? Hopefully.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Heat Vision and Jack (1999)

Martin from Extended Edition returns to talk about one of the most famous failed pilots of all time. You'd think this means we are running out of pilots to talk about but nope, still got 100+ of the buggers kicking about the internet. We chat about the usual, the cast, the music, Ben Stiller mugging and I decide that this is it for spoof pilots for now. If not forever.


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Heat Vision and Jack on Youtube                                      

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Clarissa Now (1995)



Jen from the Pilot Inspectors podcast returns to talk about the 1995 pilot Clarissa Now, the proposed CBS sequel to the Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All. We talk about the new setting, the lack of characters from the original and wonder why Clarissa seems to be a different character when this was made just a year after the first show ended. Which is odd, especially considering the same creators are involved.  In a first for this podcast, we have a pilot that my co-host had actually watched when it aired on TV back in 1995.

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Clarissa Now on Youtube

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Baffled (1973) PART TWO

                                                       
Tysto is still here, talking about Baffled and the mystery that has gripped us all will finally be solved... does Tysto finally understand what is going on? Reminder, this thing got a cinema release in the UK in the 70s. It was released on DVD here in 2010. It has probably even aired on TV in the UK over the years too, I'm not sure. It never aired in the US.

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Baffled on Youtube (again, just in case)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Baffled (1973) PART ONE

                                                            
Tysto returns to talk about a pilot with a very apt name, Baffled. Leonard Nimoy stars as a race car driver who receives psychic powers somehow and becomes a paranormal investigator. And this wasn't picked up! This is one of those episodes that we encourage you to watch the pilot first if only to appreciate just how lost in the plot Tysto gets. As this is a feature length pilot, this episode went a little long so will be split into two parts. 

To Be Continued...


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 Oh, there are two versions of this on Youtube, the one we watched and one that is split into parts and is structured better at the start. We found out about it too late but figured we watched the TV version  and the other is the cinema/DVD version, so we watched the one we should have. This one-

Baffled on Youtube 



Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Star Patrol! (2000)


Martin of the Extended Edition Podcast joins me to talk about the Star Trek spoof Star Patrol which was directed by Johnathan "William Riker" Frakes. We chat about the tired humour, the casting and talk about the practicality of a cast member having fake wings on their back on a weekly basis. We also ramble towards the end because, why not?

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Star Patrol on Youtube

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Inner Tube (1987)



David Misch returns to the show to discuss his Muppet TV show pilot directed by Jim Henson that wasn't picked up. A half hour script is reduced to ten minutes of screen time and David tells us why, as well as other amusing anecdotes. Hey, remember a few episodes ago, where I posted a photo of David and Kermit the Frog on this here blog? He talks about his time on that movie, Muppets Take Manhattan too. Enjoy!

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Inner Tube on Youtube
David's Site 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Bunco (1977)


Tysto is back to have a chinwag about the 1977 cop show pilot Bunco starring Robert Urich and a moustache-less Tom Selleck. In an ongoing theme, Tysto and I have varying opinions on this although I don't disagree with him too much. We both agree that these cops are useless, so that's something. Bunco was released on home video in the mid-80s to cash in on Selleck's fame as Magnum. This thing isn't even feature length but it got a videotape release. Check out the very 80s cover that really doesn't go with the show at all. And on Beta!



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Bunco on the Youtubes

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Owl (1991)

John Pavlich  returns to hear me talk about the Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play) directed action pilot The Owl. And probably wishes that he hadn't bothered. There is also a feature length version directed by "Alan Smithee" that was released on home video only in Europe We will be talking mainly about the Tom Holland version that actually aired on US TV but do cite the differences.

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The Owl (Tom Holland version) on Youtube
The Owl (Alan Smithee feature length version) on Youtube
Who is Alan Smithee article

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Not Another High School Show (2007)


I am joined by Jen from the Pilot Inspectors podcast to chat about the 2007 spoof sit-com Not Another High School Show. We talk about the jokes, the cast and the shows that the pilot spoofs. Jen also schools me on The O.C. which is what a lot of this show is based on. I watched it for Buffy and Dawson's Creek...  As Jen is new to the show, I try very super-duper hard to keep my Scottish accent in check. I probably fail miserably on occasion but we have a good chat nonetheless. 

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Not Another High School Show on Youtube
Pilot Inspectors on Twitter

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Interview With the Co-Writer of Callahan!



On a very special episode of Drop the Pilot, I am joined by David Misch, the co-writer and producer of the subject of last week's episode, Callahan! David was kind enough to join me in a lively chat about how he got started in the business, the leads, the stunts and what he thinks works and doesn't work in the pilot. Links to David's Youtube channel and to his books available on Amazon US are below. Oh, David worked on the script for Muppets Take Manhattan and is credited as a "special consultant". Since I foolishly forgot to mention that in the interview here is a photo of him and Kermit on the set.