JUNE 15, 2012 2:26PM
Nostalgia Theater: Swamp Thing: The Series -- DC's Leafy Hero Hits the Small Screen
It started with 1982's Swamp Thing feature film, starring Ray Wise as Holland, and the late Dick Durock as his mossy alter ego. This low-budget schlocker is most notable today for being directed by Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream helmer Wes Craven. I can't really say much good about it, but nonetheless the movie has its fans (though I have to assume many of them are just fans of co-star Adrienne Barbeau). The much-reviled, mostly-ignored sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing, which brought back Durock launched in May of '89 -- one month before another DC movie reset the paradigm for superhero flicks.
That brings us to Swamp Thing: The Series, which aired on the USA cable channel beginning in July of 1990 as one of the net's first tries at giving its viewers original programming. Bringing back the hulking Durock (who, appropriately enough, also played the evil Hulk in "The First," a popular episode of TV's The Incredible Hulk), the skein strove to eschew the kitsch and lowbrow jokiness of the last feature film, while still going a little more mainstream than where the Moore comic run ended up situating the character. Whether it succeeded or not is open to discussion:
Gotta admit, I still dig that intro. It perfectly sets the mood and the mission.