Cleopatra, that famous ruler and seducer of all men, is famous for having won the heart and soul of Marc Antony — by melting down a pearl and drinking it, to entrance the Roman with the pearl's aphrodisiac properties. But could this actually work? In the 1950s, scientists tested it out.
I'm not sure who built this shudder-worthy automaton of Cleopatra getting nipped by asps, but according to House of Automata, this phantasmagoric clip is from a 1976 documentary on ye olde robots. It looks like a charming conversation piece, particularly if you wish to expedite boring dinner parties.
The title says it all. A teenaged Cleopatra VII has been zapped to a distant future, one filled with professorial talking cats and Sphinx-shaped space bikes. She's caught in an intergalactic war — when she's not stuck in detention.
It's been a decade of ups and downs for science fiction television. On one hand we got Battlestar Galactica, on the other Firefly was canceled. But so many truly terrible shows managed to scrape by without notice — until now.