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Retro SciFi Movie of the Week...

I, Robot (2004)

This is the only movie so far in the “Retro SciFi Movie of the Week” series that has a black character in it. I had to come all the way up to the 21st century to find it. So this film is not very “retro”, although the original story is from the mid-20th century.

Black people are even more under-represented in science fiction films than they are generally in Hollywood.

Note: Although Nichelle Nichols (as Uhura) was a character in Star Trek, in the particular episode featured here in this series, she only had a bit part. (Plus that one was not a movie, it was TV.)

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@Pat The Matrix, Galaxy Quest, Men In Black... 20th century goodness with important black characters. :)

@trinsec

Yeah, I didn't think of those. They were 1997 and 1999. I don't remember any black characters in Galaxy Quest, must have been a minor role. I think of GQ and MIB as comedies, but if I can say that "The Absent-Minded Professor" is a scifi, then those certainly are.

Will Smith is kind of an exception, having done many great scifi films.

I actually found one that was done back in the mid-20th century that had a black character. Maybe I'll include it in this series.

@Pat In Galaxy Quest it was the 'pedal on the metal' black pilot, who was a tiny kid when the "original Galaxy Quest" (in the movie) aired.

Mind you, Galaxy Quest is one of my favorite scifi movies... it's just so perfectly executed.

@trinsec

It's one my favorites, too. It was a funny premise, and as you say, it was well executed.

I vaguely remember the character. I think he was the pilot who scraped the paint off the real spaceship when they were pulling out of spaceport.

@Pat Yes, that one. *Leans to the right to will it into that direction*

Guy: "You gotta move to the right. More to the right."

Tommy: "Would you sit your ass down?"

Guy: "Hit parallel."

Tommy: "Move! You wanna drive this thing?"

*SCRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPE*

Ye gods, that was a painful scene lol.

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