Mystery Science Theater 3000--
(A television show that lasted for more than 10 years on cable...)
In the not too distant future....
Or past, I bought a prop off of Ebay. Most people will recognize it right away. But when I got it, it needed help. It had suffered being dropped a few times during production and had an awful hole torn through the back of the middle struts. Also, many of the surface decorations were utterly gone.
But, I was able to chat up the guy who built it: the amazing Trace Beaulieu, aka Dr. Clayton Forrester and the puppeteer for Crow T. Robot. He was quite instrumental in providing all the information I needed to restore the Satellite of Love to her original Season Two appearance. I had a corian(tm) base made and a custom plexiglas cover, and the back drop is half inch mdf painted by me with some airbrushes. In front is a postcard of Trace as Dr. Forrester, and a photo of the SOL as it looked hanging in the studio during shooting of the episode "Gamera". (Yes, I was in the studio to shoot that picture.) To the right of Trace's picture is one of the original Deep 13 patches as used on the costumes. And in the middle is a "plaque" that details the history of the TV icon, my ownership of it, and my gratitude to Trace for his kind advice on the repair process.
Later, during a convention where I had the ship on display, Trace took a moment and signed the back of the ship on one of the pentagon facets. I got loads of egoboo when he exclaimed on how good it looked and how reluctant he was to touch it for fear of damaging it.
I bought it because my husband and I both loved the show, and not everyone has a skillset up to the task of archival restoration and repair. I couldn't bear the thought of just any fan trying to repair her so I made her mine. I figured, of all the props Best Brains was selling off back then, this was the one I was going to go to the mat to get. I'm not the least bit sorry I did either.
"Push the button, Frank!"
Note: Trace B. has given me permission to post the following comment on his behalf:
There it is. The original SOL. Built that in my basement and that is not a "nerd-basement" joke. Actually did some damage to it bringing it out to my car. I had a lot of fun building that. Glad that it is in good hands.
------Thanks "Mister B"!!! XDXDXDXDXD