Welcome to the World of SPACE OPERA; before it was a Science Fiction Swear Wrod
There are certain givens in this world even though some of them did not appear in the TV shows of the fifties. That was due to the fact that they were done live and the special effects were not up to the task: This was early, live television!
Now much of what you see here is old stuff to us "space cadets" but this may be new to you and you may not understand the images.
This should give you a rough idea of what to expect
- SPACE OPERA: 1; a genre of sci-fi that is primarily adventure stories set in a background that includes elements of Sciencd Fiction. It seems to run in cylces of love and hate relationships and seems to meet a need. 2; badly writtine Science Fiction. The early Star Wars movies were explicitly Space Opera, as was the original Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and ohter sci-fi stories that featured a Han Solo-like character. and Stargete: SG-1. The original Star Trek was semi-space opera, but was a bit too cerebral for full membership in that class of SF
- AIRCAR or FLYING CAR: A vehicle that used some kind of floating mechanism and did not have wheels. This could be any kind of car, truck, van or bus
- RAY GUN: any futuristic weapon that does not use solid amunition
- MONORAIL: The Mass Transit vehicles of the Future.
- SPACE CADET: 1; A student at the academy of a space organization like space Patrol or the Solar Guard. 2; a fan of any of these early 1950's space shows when they were around. 3; a modern-day fan of this culture whow was a fan back in the day. 4; a new fan of this genre and the attendant culture: And make no mistake, there was a culture. The Government was the Good Guys (this was before LBJ and his successors), honesty and fair play were the rules, not the exception and bedhopping was part of the perv lifestyle, not a thing to aspire to. We had better things to do than drugging and whoring. Criminals went to JAIL, not television. Murderers were EXECUTED not given a "get out of the chair free" card by some whacko shrink or social worker and bad persons were identified as such and shunned, not idolozed by demented idiots or power-mad media types. You wouldn't dare come home with a nose ring because you knew what you would get. As far as "talk to your kids about not smoking" it was done like this, "If I catch you smoking, I'll beat the S**t out of you" and you knew Dad meant it. The boundaries were sharp, clear and had consequences and it was all up front so you knew the score and played it pretty straight. Plus, you had heroes (those who embodied the desired characteristics and showed how they paid off) like Buzz Corry, Hoppy and others: It was more civil and better: Unlike today, cynicism was not the ruling class.
- ROCKETSHIP: A space craft or spacehip
- SPACE PORT: the landing and takeoff area for such ships. If you are a Star Wars fan, then you know this. If you are a Star Trek or Stargate fan. YOu do not have them in your world to speak of
- SPACE SUIT: protective, pressurized outerwear for use in Space or on planets with no atmosphere or a poisonous one.
- STRANGE ELEMENTS, CHEMICALS and DRUGS: The things that make possible some of the things we do. Endurium and Exonium are the two of choice for Space Patrol. Radurium and Gammon-L were used to treat radiation overdoses
- CONTRATERRENE, CT or SeeTee MATTER: an early term for Anti-matter used in Space Opera.