Wednesday, August 30, 2006

12 Things You Never Knew About "Hiatus"

1. The idea for ship's communications to be in Esperanto was the suggestion of child actress and cast member Julia Twee ('Arcus') Bohammin. It wasn't discovered until after the voiceovers had already been recorded that she had been kidding.

2. Show creator Manny Ulrich demanded that the ship not only be completely built so as to enhance the illusion, but that it actually be launched into space and shot on site. It is believed that the cost of approximately $26.1 billion per episode (plus catering fees) may have had something to do with the show's early demise.

3. That was Kevin ("Captain Vince Parvo") Sutton's real hair. Seriously.

4. Brent Spiner's guest appearance in episode six, "Winds of Change, Yo," actually happened accidentally when he wandered onto the set on the way to the studio commissary. He was a good sport about being unexpectedly tortured by the Rllrians, though, and even dropped the lawsuit after the studio covered his medical expenses.

5. The show's theme song has been translated into 37 different languages. The lyrics, written by Ulrich in a drunken stupor, make no sense in any of them.

6. Darnell ("Cygnus Alpha") Lee was determined to do his own stunts and even told one interviewer, "If my butt's gonna be blown off, I want the audience to see it!" This was made ironic when an accident involving a Crushborg inadvertently removed half of Lee's left buttock. It was later replaced with a prosthetic replacement and Cygnus Alpha wielded his dreaded hyper-laser cane for the remainder of the show's run.

7. The high-pitched Rllrian language was devised by linguist Paul K. Bunford, who based it on traditional Himalayan shepherd profanity. Some Hiatus uberfans speak it fluently, for some reason, and have even translated the entire Def Leppard songbook into Rllrian verse (except for "High 'n' Dry," which bites).

8. The role of "Hy" was turned down by Christina Ricci, Lindsay Lohan, and Bjork before being accepted by veteran character actor Hank Robinson. Robinson's makeup takes nearly three and a half hours to apply, not counting appliances.

9. Because of Ulrich's deep and abiding love of Shakespeare, a line from the Bard is included somewhere in every episode. In most instances this is a subtle in-joke for the fans, but even the show's most loyal supporters admit that the episode "A Mid-Parsec Night's Dream" (featuring Joe Morton as Oberon Prime, king of the Space Fairies) was pushing it.

10. To keep up with changing viewer interests -- and to make the show eligible for as many Emmy categories as possible -- the show's format was changed three times during its limited run. The writing staff rose to the challenge, offering deep psychological turmoil amongst the crew, brought out by secret Rllrian germ warfare, to explain why the ship suddenly broke out into music/variety.

11. One of the most shocking and dramatic scenes from the show came about due to a conflict between the executives. While Ulrich was away on a scouting trip, producer Susan Mastler ordered a scene between MacMillan (ship's engineer) and Greta (ship's ombudsman) changed to occur in space, claiming "it would be more romantic that way, with stars and stuff." A furious Ulrich responded by having the scene CGed in post-production to be scientifically accurate, resulting in the violent romantic deaths of the star-crossed lovers from ruptured lungs, exploded gastric systems, radiation burns, asphyxiation, and, coincidentally, the highest ratings the show ever received.

12. When the show's cancellation was announced, Hiatus fans picketed in the streets for 46 straight hours to no avail, partly because the decision had already been made and partly because they were in front of the wrong studio.

10 comments:

#1 Hiatus Fan said...

Man! Your site is AWSOME! How do you get this insider stuff? I'm so totally gonna impress my friends at SciCON *this* year! They should totally have gone with Bjork for Hy, she's a hottie!!!!

Keep bringing us this stuff. Any word on the DVD? What kind of extras??!!!

Anonymous said...

When is Hia-Con 2 going to be this year? We met in my Mom's basement last year (aka my bedroom aka The 31 Year Old Still Living At My Mom's House Party Place) but we might need to move to a bigger venue. I might be able to get the Long John Silver's where I am the assistant manager?

John said...

What a great trip up memory lane!

"Live rllong and rlli'eeee'hrrk'ghrrrllk"

Anonymous said...

You people are just so sick! highest ratings when lovers are blown to bits -- disgusting -- there's a reason shows like this are off the airwaves -- and you should be too!

Down with freedom of speech.

gahhh

bannaoj said...

It was the lost vampire episode of Hiatus that really spoke to me. We'll never know how the Hiatus crew got back through the wormhole to escape the bloodsucking demon bats.

Steve said...

My second cousin's roommate knows one of the assistant snack technicians on the show, and she claims that some of the "facts" in this article are based on misquotations. Lindsay Lohan was never offered the role of "Hy," but she did pitch a cover of the theme song... and while a ship was put into space for some of the effects, it was only a twelfth-scale model. The acting was done on set.

hiatus 'racker said...

Word has it that one of the planned episodes was the infant gay marriage of Suri Holmes-Cruise to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. The controversy abounds!

C. A. Bridges said...

13. The future release of the show on DVD is in doubt partly because the song-licensing fees would run into the millions. "Who knew making the pilot a fan of '80s hair metal would be such a problem?" said a defensive Ulrich.

14. The first Hiatus convention was held in Los Angeles but was unfortunately scheduled the same weekend as the 2006 ComicsCon. Attendance was in the negative numbers and three of the con organizers were never seen again, although whispered legends talk about misty outlines of tortured fans who still roam convention dealers’ rooms at night.

15. Executive Producer Lem Hackeney brokered a deal for novelizations of the scripts but this has been tied up since he insisted on using author James Blish, who died in 1975. Negotiations using a WiFi-enabled Ouija board are ongoing.

mankso said...

Evidente estas la sola racia solvo, ke komunikado en la kosmo-shipo okazu nur en la ne-etna inter-lingvo Esperanto. Uzo de ajna etna lingvo donas ne-merit-tajn privilegiojn al ties de-naskaj parolantoj. Mi atendas la tagon, kiam aliaj venos al la sama konkludo: http://esperanto.memlink.ca

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