Thursday, July 26, 2007

WHY GOD CREATED YOUTUBE™: Baffled! Starring Leonard Nimoy

The Cheese Kurd strikes gold again, this time pointing me toward a page of failed TV pilots that have kept me entertained for literally minutes at a time. And while some of the choices are excellent, some are just plain head-scratching...did the writers of this page actually think that "Housebroken" was a pilot and not a sketch that's actually a parody of bad television?

While it was a difficult decision to pick just one of the actual pilots featured here to spotlight (B.A.D. Cats featuring Jimmie Walker and Michelle Pfeiffer in an Aaron Spelling production came a close second), ultimately I chose the above clip from Baffled!, a 1973 pilot that features Leonard Nimoy as an emotive, psychic race car driver who gives up his career when he emotively starts having emotive psychic visions. Did I mention that Nimoy's character was emotive? Man, you can just feel him struggling to shake off the career-shackling chains of Spock-casting as he makes sure every time his face is to camera he shows as much emotion as possible. All that's missing is for these opening titles to end on a freeze-frame of Nimoy laughing and they'd be perfect. Ouch.

Truly, this is why God created YouTube.


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