Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Rickety Rocket (1979)

In the far distant future, the Far Out Detective Agency, made up entirely of African-American teens, puts together a makeshift space vehicle for transportation on cases. Rickety Rocket, a component of the Plastic Man Super Comedy-Adventure Show, is considered to be loosely inspired by 1973's Speed Buggy, since Rickety is an open-air flying space buggy comprised of spare parts. How Rickety is able to talk, though, is a real mystery that was never solved.

The fact that the detectives operate out of a junkyard suggests that the Kroffts' Wonderbug (1976) is also an inspiration. Coincidentally, Wonderbug co-star John Anthony Bailey is one of the voice actors in this series, as is prime time vet Johnny Brown (ex-Good Times). Muttley16 uploaded the open, narrated by Michael Rye, to YouTube:

The series lasted one season, and hasn't been seen since. Apparently, concerns over racial stereotypes supposedly presented in this series may be the reason why it hasn't been brought back.

Rating: C.

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