If Buck Henry is behind it, it has to be good, right? If you believe that, then you may have never seen Quark.
Produced from 1977-78, Quark starred Richard Benjamin as Adam Quark, Captain of the United Galactic Sanitation Patrol ship, Richard Kelton as Fiscus (vegetable-human officer), Tricia and Cyb Barstable as Betty and Betty, clone twin engineers (for the price of one), and Timothy Thomerson as Gene/Jean, a transmute male/female officer. Conrad Janis of Mork and Mindy fame, played Palindrome, and the `Head' included the top half of the shoulders of Alan Cailou. While only lasting 8 episodes, the show has garnered an audience for memorable TV series viewers, if not for the sheer lunacy of the show.
Imagine, a garbage scow captain saving the universe from the evil High Gorgon, Zoltar the Magnificent and Zargon the Malevolent. Only on TV they say. But, you can do anything with the Source (this is not a commercial for Radio Shack) if you only believe in it...anything...except explain just how Betty and Betty manage to hang onto Captain Quark in times of trouble, and those darned Daisy Duke short sets in the middle of space. There must be some kind of fashion program at Perma One. Gene/jean is funny however, as the he-she character switches at the wrong (did I break a nail) times. As a science officer, Fiscus, is intelligent, but annoying. The `Head' used here is obviously inspiration for Third Rock (and Shatner) who did the floating head routine so much better inspite of needing singing lessons.
While the characters are memorable, the episodes suffer from something resembling too much effort for so little return. Even the laugh track seems strained. The stunts just stink at time. But, remember, it's all about the audience, and Quark screams "watch Me".
The 8 episodes presented are:
Quark (Give me garbage or give me death)
May the Source Be with You (Star Wars never had it so good)
The Old and The Beautiful (The blind and the bald)
The Good, the Bad and the Ficus (Just where is the `good' Quark)
Goodbye, Polumbus (Shore Leave redux)
All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms - Part I
All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms - Part II (Quest for `It')
Vanessa: 38/24/36 (Celebrate #11!)
Included on the disc are two minisodes, I Dream of Jeannie and Fantasy Island.
Hey, who needs high brow, just go for the twins!