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One Bad Costume: The Science Patrol in Ultraman

It’s tough to get much worse than the costumes in Japan’s Ultraman series. Forget the main character, though. The members of the Science Patrol are far worse offenders. Orange stretchy pants shoved into black boots, orange and white tops, and ties? Are you trying to get beaten up on the playground? Extra points for adding a thin utility belt, which seems to ride somewhere just under the ribcage. Ouch!

One Bad Costume: Bele and Lokai in Star Trek

In the classic Trek episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, the absurdity of racism is explored via aliens with faces of opposing colors which look identical upon first glance. It was a wonderful concept, but one which unfortunately ended at the neck. I’m not sure which makes me more uncomfortable- the bulging tights, or the muffin-top-emphasizing shirts. Either way, it all adds up to one bad costume.

One Bad Costume (Helmet): Tron in Tron

This may be another case of men in ugly tights for most viewers, but for me, it’s all about the helmets. They’re just plain dorky. Having said that, there is a geek-sized place in my heart for Tron, no matter what the costumes look like. I’m in line right now for Tron: Legacy. Look at the character art for that movie- no shower caps, and very few helmets. Looks like they’ve learned something.

One Bad Costume: Buck Rogers


Sorry, Gil Gerard fans, but only four men in history have looked great in white tights and boots. Beyond this, what says “target” more than a soldier in pure white? He should fight alongside Imperial storm troopers! Before you call him monochromatic, though, check out that snazzy rainbow arm band. At least he’s in great shape.

One Bad Costume: Judge Dredd in Judge Dredd

This is a great example of a costume which doesn’t translate well between the image on a page and an actor on a screen. As a comic, Dredd’s uniform is just fine. As a live image, not so much. From the massive golden shoulder eagle to the half-shade helmet, Stallone looks… well, a bit silly. Not to mention that codpiece. Guilty pleasure alert: I’m one of ten people who actually like this film. It may have something to do with the presence of Diane Lane. Okay, a lot to do with the presence of Diane Lane.