Samstag, 16. August 2014

That's What We Watched On TV Years Ago # 9

On the last Monday Robin William has committed suicide in the age of 63 years. I really don't planed to feature him in this series but his sudden death made me think in another way.

The series trades from an extraterrestrial with the name Mork of the planet Ork which should observe the people and report about that to his superior Orson. For this purpose he flew with his colossal space egg to the earth. He used as a greeting "Na-Nu-Na-Nu", he could drink with the fingers and demonstrate tele-kinetic art pieces. Mork also said KO in stead of OK. He did not use power. The jokes were based as a rule on the fact that Mork had acquired comprehensive knowledge about the earthly civilisation, here in particular the US-American society though already before his arrival thanks to the television, however, this could not arrange correctly. Storylines usually center on Mork's attempts to understand human behavior and American culture as Mindy helps him to adjust to life on Earth. It usually ends up frustrating Mindy, as Mork can only do things according to Orkan customs. For example, lying to someone, or not informing them it will rain is considered a practical joke (called "splinking") on Ork. At the end of each episode, Mork reports back to Orson on what he has learned about Earth. These end-of-show summaries allow Mork to comment humorously on social norms.

RIP Robin Williams

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