Exigius Twelve and a Half, an exoanthropologist from the planet Mars, becomes stranded on Earth after his one-man spaceship narrowly misses a NASA rocket plane and crashes near Los Angeles....
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Martin's newest gizmo, a molecular reassembler, switches the psyche of the two subjects to which they are exposed. Martin would like to use it to eliminate all hostility in the world, not to switch ...
Exigius Twelve and a Half, an exoanthropologist from the planet Mars, becomes stranded on Earth after his one-man spaceship narrowly misses a NASA rocket plane and crashes near Los Angeles. The alien is rescued by Tim O'Hara, a newspaper reporter who explains the Martian to friends and authorities by introducing him as his Uncle Martin. "Uncle Martin" looks human, except when he extends his retractable antennae with which he can become invisible. His special powers and unusual illnesses present a constant challenge to Tim in his efforts to preserve his friend's cover.Written by
Martin is always boasting about his superpowers, but compared to the witches of the latter more popular TV show, he rather comes across as a drunken martian: unlike in Bewitched, the objects Martin levitates are always wobbling mid-air, painfully revealing that nylon fishing line was used to hold them up by a stagehand way up above the actors, too high up for the crew to have full control. But when Samantha Stephens levitates and moves objects, hers are always steady, no matter how long they stand still mid-air, and they do not wobble as they move to their destination. Writing in a reason why Martin didn't have a steady hand (perhaps due to old age or entering the Earth's atmosphere reducing his abilities) would have gone a long way towards helping suspend disbelief. See more »
We don't have love at first sight on Mars. Either it was too silly to bother with, or it was something we discarded in our Dusk Ages.
You mean the Dark Ages?
We were never that primitive.
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Ray Walston used his considerable acting talent & charm to create a hit series. First show, he crashes on earth. His rescue is engineered by Tim (Bill Bixby), a nosy reporter who can't believe what he has seen, & what Martin can do.
This is a family style of sitcom without kids. This show is really the talent of Ray Walston playing off everyone. Bixby is brilliant to as the single reporter who is always getting in trouble thanks to Martin. Many times because of Martin, Tim can't get that Pullitser prize he is after to become a great reporter.
What really makes this series go, is that Uncle Martin always seems to have an unending bag of tricks that only he, a Martian, can do. When we were kids, we got introduced to a friendly alien with this show. Martin would always foil Tim every having a steady girl friend too.
While the special effects seem crude now, when this show ran they were highly imaginative. There was even one episode where Martin put up his antenna & had snowy reception, just like my TV always did with the rabbit ears.
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