Captain Cosmic and 2T2 (TV Series 1977–1982) Poster

(1977–1982)

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It was actually a great show...
Adam Terran Kitzmiller5 September 2005
From what I still remember this was a great show. Not only did I get to discover Ultraman and Goldar, Bob..er..Captain Cosmic always had information for movies, sneak previews, tickets, and interviews too. He'd met with George Lucas when Star Wars came out (before it became Episode 4) and was told about the duel with Obi Wan around lava and getting burnt up and scarred as a result. And ol'Captain Cosmic told us. So I already knew how it all happened since the late-70s. And yeah, I'd like to see tapes of it too. Somewhere, I may still have audio tapes of some of the shows I made with my Panasonic tape recorder I had as a kid.
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good times.
EyeAskance3 February 2004
I was a big fan of this Bay Area kids show, it featured Bob Wilkins(also one of the hosts from "Creature Features") as an intrepid space traveler with a sidekick robot called 2T2. The show was a skeletal framework created solely to present Japanese monster shows(Ultraman, Johnny Socco and His Flying Robot, Spectreman, Space Giants, etc.) Great afterschool fun, I would love to see some archival tapes of this one!
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"...it's a giant chicken hawk! No, it's Captain Cosmic!"
Blueghost30 October 2017
More fond Bob Wilkins' memories from ages past. Wilkins' kept his understated persona behind this getup, but his unmistakable voice and mannerisms gave away his secret identity as he presented many scifi shows, mostly from Japan, although I think the animated Star Trek series may have had a run.

You know, I still have my Captain Cosmic Godzilla Fan Club membership card somewhere in the junk drawer archive locked away in storage. And it's no wonder, as per the other reviewer Wilkins showed "Spectreman", "Space Giants", "Johnny Soko and his Giant Robot", and of course, "Ultraman" with Hayata as the star who could change into the giant superhero with his beta capsule. It was a great time to be alive.

To be fair I had actually seen Ultraman and Johnny Soko in Sacramento before moving to the Bay Area, and Johnny Soko actually skews to a much younger demographic than your almost-pre-teen ten- year old. But showing boys and girls how science and technology can fight monsters, and having it presented to American audiences by the likes of Wilkins as Captain Cosmic, was a real treat.

I remember Wilkins interviewed Anthony Daniels (C3PO of Star Wars' fame) in both Berkeley and San Francisco, and had him on the Captain Cosmic show. And I remember seeing extended footage of the asteroid chase sequence from the Empire Strikes Back. Footage that has not seen the light of day since (if I understand correctly, Lucas may have been a Creature Features fan). That's the kind of show it was.

It was campy, it was low key, it was meant for children or the young at heart, and of course, who could forget his green slow servo moving pal, 2T2, who took several seconds just to take one step and is now forever restored and preserved at that comic book store in Santa Cruz that Bob used to mention every so often on his show (I went one time, and rain was coming through the roof, but Captain Cosmic gave the place his personal stamp of approval).

I guess the reason I'm writing this commentary is because Wilkins and the rest of the gang who helped produce the show were aware that the show was self aware of itself, and that kids (even the dumb ones) knew who he was, but that was part of the gag, reinforced by the cheap SFX used in the intro. That was part of its charm.

I didn't always watch it. There were some non-action shows that Wilkins' aired, and I think "Space Giants" got pre-empted every now and then after cable came to the peninsula because some station in Atlanta Georgia that had a national reach via cable was airing it at the same time. But Hyata, Johnny Soko, Goldar, Silvar and Gam, Rodak and all the rest made for some really good boyhood memories.

If you get a chance, scope it out on one of the online video sites and relive some memories, if only briefly.

Good memories. Thanks Bob.
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